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Area Recreation and Tourism

The Keweenaw is renowned for its outdoor adventures.

With an annual snowfall that often exceeds 200 inches, the area is popular with winter sports enthusiasts and boasts 3 downhill ski areas and uncounted Nordic ski trails.

The spectacular landscape affords a bounty of photography opportunities as well as rock and ice climbing for the daring spirit. A large portion of the Keweenaw is open to public use, affording camping and hiking opportunities from the campus.

The sister towns of Houghton and Hancock offer an uncommon amount of culture. A strong sense of heritage, a fascinating mining history, and a vibrant arts community make the Copper Country not only beautiful, but interesting.

Skiing

Mount Bohemia - Extreme Skiing in the UP.The Mount Bohemia destination resort promises expert skiers and snowboarders real adventure, whether its launching off the legendary Apex or Horseshoe chutes or cruising the many back country glades. http://www.mtbohemia.com/

Mont Ripley - Mont Ripley offers: a long season (an average 112 days), the most and best snow (our snowmaking  and 250" annual snowfall makes that possible), convenient hours, and skiing lessons and snowboard packages for every ability. http://www.skimontripley.com/

Marquette Mountain -Marquette Mountain is a winter sports area for skiing and snow boardin, located a few miles south of Marquette, Michigan, the major city in the state's Upper Peninsula. In the summer, Marquette Mountain offers activities such as mountain biking, and volleyball. http://www.marquettemountain.com

Copper Country History and Tourism

Quincy Mine - Giftshop, Museum, Exhibits, Tram Rides and a Copper Mine Tour in Upper Michigan. Go inside a real copper mine. Tour the world's largest steam hoist. We're located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula, just minutes away from the Keweenaw Historical National Park in Calumet, Michigan. http://www.quincymine.com/

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Tours -A narrated cruise through Copper Harbor's once bustling port takes you to one of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. The lighthouse historic complex includes a maritime museum, shipwreck artifacts, Michigan's first commercial copper mine site, and easy historic walking paths. http://www.copperharborlighthouse.com/

Houghton County Historical Museum - The Houghton County Historical Museum, once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America, is also home to the Lake Linden & Torch Lake Railroad, the one-room Traprock Valley School House, an 1887 Congregational Church building now the HCHS Heritage Center, the WPA era Leo Chaput Log Cabin, and the Perl Merrill Research Center which is our archives and genealogical facility. http://www.houghtonhistory.org/

Copper Harbor -As Michigan's northernmost community, Copper Harbor offers the visitor a truly unique opportunity to visit one of the area's earliest settlements that has continued to thrive for over 150 years. http://www.copperharbor.org

Coppertown USA -Michigan's Copper Industry began thousands of years ago when ancient miners chipped away at exposed veins of pure copper with huge hammerstones. Tools and techniques of mining advanced considerably in the centuries that followed and Coppertown's Mining Museum traces the evolution of miners and mining people with a series of tasteful exhibits designed for the family. http://www.uppermichigan.com/coppertown/main.html

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum - One of North America's great mineral museums. http://www.museum.mtu.edu/index.html

Jampot-The Jampot is open and run by Holy Transfiguration Skete Society of St. John. They have a full selection of jams, jellies and fruitcakes and a limited supply of bakery.http://www.societystjohn.com/

The Outdoors

McLain State Park -McLain State Park offers two miles of sand beach on Lake Superior. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of activities in the park: fishing, windsurfing, berry picking, beachcombing, sight-seeing and hunting. http://www.michigandnr.com/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=423&type=SPRK

Fort Wilkins State Park -Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offers camping and day use facilities and features a restored 1844 military outpost and one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior. Restoration work and development began in the 1930s. Costumed interpreters demonstrate the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula fort. http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=419&type=SPRK 

Isle Royale National Park - One of America's few island national parks offers over 165 miles of hiking trails with a variety of options for trip length and difficulty. Isle Royale offers a unique wilderness experience from mid-May thru September. Accessible only by boat. http://www.nps.gov/isro

Porcupine Mountains -The Porcupine Mountains area is a favored vacation spot, nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior. Offering hundreds of miles of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, cross-country ski trails, and wildlife from birds to bears, the area has something for everyone. The area is also rich in history with many historic sites. http://www.porcupinemountains.com/

Lac La Belle Lodge-The secluded resort is in a wilderness area, with paved and well-plowed roads. It has direct water access from Lake Superior via the Mendota Ship Canal. The resort is on Lac La Belle. There is a nearby boat launch, and boat and motor rentals are available. Water recreation includes swimming, fishing, and water skiing. Nearby recreation includes golfing, hiking, bicycling, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country and down hill skiing. http://www.pasty.com/lodge/

Brockway Mountain --The highest scenic roadway between the Rockies and the Alleghenies offers glorious sunsets, soaring hawks, and a splendid view of the Keweenaw's rocky shore. Most spectacular of all are the Keweenaw County's Depression-era relief projects that line nine-mile road that twists and climbs to one of the peninsula's highest peaks, a thousand feet above Lake Superior. Isle Royale, over 48 miles away, can be seen out of the lake on clear days. http://hunts-upguide.com/copper_harbor_brockway_mountain_drive.html

Arts and Culture

The Calumet Theatre - The Calumet Theatre Company is committed to offering a quality entertainment experience that provides diverse cultural and artistic opportunities while preserving the historic character of the Theatre. http://www.calumettheatre.com/