Water Activities

The Keweenaw's incredible access to freshwaters make it an integral part of living and vising the area. Frozen for long swaths of the year, come springtime the tundra transitions to clear, cool waters perfecting for boating, swimming, paddling, fishing and more. As the long days of summer warm the land, the water beckons. 

Lake Superior

Surrounded by the greatest of Great Lakes, the Keweenaw's access to Lake Superior is unrivaled with more than 150 miles of shoreline along the main peninsula and many more miles around Isle Royale. Her deep, cool waters draw paddlers, anglers and boaters, and her coastlines offer unparalleled backdrops to epic beach days, sunsets and bonfires.   

Three girls walk along beach shoreline.


The Keweenaw's beaches are remote and rustic. Found along Lake Superior and numerous inland lakes, visitors don't have to worry about fighting the crowds or traffic, even in the peak of summer. From rocky shorelines (perfect for agate hunting) to sandy beaches (ideal for some well deserved R&R), the rhythmic waves of Lake Superior are nature's soundtrack. On windy days, you'll find a fledging group of Lake Superior surfers catching waves. Be sure to bring your beach towel, sunscreen, camp chair and a snack as most beaches are miles away from local food options. 


Paddle sports like kayaking, canoeing and standup paddle boarding (SUP) allow recreationalists to explore the Keweenaw's scenic shores and coastlines. Inland lakes like Portage Lake and Lac La Belle are great for for paddling and the areas around Copper Harbor attract sea kayakers interested in remote coves and unique geological formations. Equipment rentals and guide services can be found for those who need equipment.

Kayakers paddling under a rock arch in lake superior

Scenic Cruises & Tours

Visitors can enjoy a memorable tour of the Keweenaw's waters through a scenic boat tour offered by knowledgeable captains in Houghton or Copper Harbor. Explore the Keweenaw Waterway by pontoon, take a historic downtown or a sunset cruise. 


The deep, cold waters of Lake Superior beckon anglers interested in lake trout, lake whitefish, salmon, and northern pike, and many of the Keweenaw's inland lakes offer calmer waters for recreational fishing. While many of the locals are loathe to give up their favorite fishing holes, our charters and guides are ready to lend assistance with lake access, equipment and many years of experience.  


Inland Lakes

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Water Activities and Points of Interest