Welcome to the Keweenaw Peninsula! The region is known for its spectacular natural beauty, outdoor recreation opportunities, and unique cultural heritage. This area is the northernmost part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, jutting out into Lake Superior, and offers incredible scenery and miles-upon-miles of rugged coastline to explore.
The Keweenaw is home to a variety of ecological systems, including boreal and northern hardwood forests, wetlands, and over 200 miles of freshwater shoreline. Its rugged landscape is dotted with numerous waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and historic sites.
Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the Keweenaw. Hike or bike along the miles of trails that traverse the peninsula, or explore the area’s inland lakes and streams on a kayak or canoe. In the winter, take advantage of the region’s abundant snow and ice cover to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Visitors to the Keweenaw can also explore its unique cultural heritage. Explore the Keweenaw National Historical Park to learn about the area’s copper mining history, or visit the smaller towns and villages that dot the peninsula for a glimpse into local culture. And no trip to the Keweenaw is complete without sampling some of the unique foods and beverages that the area has to offer.
Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX) is Michigan’s northernmost airport and is based just outside of Hancock, MI north of the Keweenaw Waterway. Passenger air service is provided by United Airlines via SkyWest Airlines with two daily non-stop flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Once you are here, car rental service is available at CMX via National/ Alamo rental service.
When traveling to a new country, it's important to consider how tipping customs may differ from home. In the United States, waiters/ waitresses, bartenders, and taxi drivers should receive tips. We recommend tipping 15% of the bill for adequate service, 20% or more for good service, and no less than 10% for poor service.
Exploring a new area can be more exciting and rewarding when accompanied by a local guide. Local guides can provide inside knowledge on the area and introduce you to unique places that may be off the beaten path. The Keweenaw is home to many guided experiences. These include bike tours, guided fishing trips, scenic boat tours, and more.
The Keweenaw is home to two beautiful state parks - McLain State Park and Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. McLain State Park is located on Lake Superior and offers trails, beach activities, and fantastic views of the Keweenaw Waterway Upper Entrance Light. Fort Wilkins State Park is a restored military fort that was originally built to help keep peace during the peak of the copper mining boom in this region. Visitors can learn more about what life was like during the peak of the Keweenaw's copper mining boom through the parks Living History Program.
National Parks offer unique activities that allow visitors to explore local history, culture, and the environment. The Keweenaw National Historical Park is home to over 20 heritage sites that include museums, underground mine tours, and historic venues. Each heritage site helps us better understand what life was like in the Keweenaw Peninsula from the peak of the copper mining boom until its demise.
Isle Royale National Park is a remote wilderness destination. In fact, it is among the least visited national parks in the United States! This makes it the perfect destination to disconnect from the everyday hustle-and-bustle of life and reconnect with nature. Isle Royale is only accessible by boat, ferry or seaplane and offers fantastic hiking, fishing, paddling, and sight-seeing opportunities. Ranger-led programs and tours offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the island. Visitors can choose to camp or stay at a lodge or cabin.