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Copper Harbor Travel Guide: 60 reviews and 149 photos

Watching the Trees grow and the Boats go

On the far northern shore of Michigan is Copper Harbor. From here, you can reach Isle Royale and the wilderness' of Lake Superior.

Copper Harbor is the end of the Copper Country Trail. US 41 climbs the hill in Hancock, just across the Portage Canal from Houghton and winds through the forests from copper town to copper town, providing a natural setting for the historic mining operations that once dominated this area.

Safe Haven and port of call

Every sailor knows that survival depends on having a safe haven and regular ports of call. Copper Harbor is that for me. The summer finds the place busy by it's winter standards. But here at the end of the road, busy is relative. There are a variety of shops. Located in three bundles. From east to west, they are spaced so that you can walk,but might find it easier to visit each group on a separate day. Within these groups of shops are restaurants. We found that we would plan to be in town at meal time. Visit a few shops, eat and move on to things to do further out.

For Isle Royale visitors, you'll need to plan an extra day or two, just for Copper Harbor.

The Boats go By

Here on the northern edge of the Keweenaw, the big freighters can be seen as they come as close to shore as the season and traffic will allow. Every boat is coming from or heading to the Soo (Sault Ste. Marie). It is far to the south and east. Every foot north of Copper Harbor they go, adds time to their travels. You'll see many passing if you pull up a chair and watch the waves and clouds for an hour or so. The kids will love playing on the rocks all along the shore.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Watch the boats and listen to the seagulls
  • In a nutshell:The pleasures of the North Atlantic coast, but closer to home.
  • Last visit to Copper Harbor: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Although I go to Copper Harbor every summer, I haven't been to Estivant Pines in quite a while. Your pages reminded me that I need to revisit this area. Nice tips.


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