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FISHING

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Northern Houghton & Keweenaw Counties have many inland lakes well-known for their good fishing, from Emily Lake in the Twin Lakes area to Lake Fanny Hooe near Copper Harbor.  Walleye, perch, crappies, bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, rainbow, brook and brown trout, northern pike, tiger muskie………come on up and try your luck.

Huge trophies live in many of the inland lakes on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  Lake trout literally surround the region which sticks out into Lake Superior.  Many feeder streams have abundant smelt runs each spring when the water temperature reaches about 40 degrees.

In season and weather permitting, Lake Superior waters that are close to the marinas and harbors of North and South Portage Entry, Eagle Harbor, Copper Harbor and Bete Grise can be fished for coho and chinook, salmon, walleye, splake, rainbow and brook trout.

Most of our inland lakes have boat launch sites and many have lodging facilities located on the lake, some with boat rentals available.

Get your Michigan DNR fishing license online Or use this map to find a local retailer to purchase licenses and permits.

CHARTERS & GUIDES

Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help. Local fishing guides and charters help you explore the Keweenaw’s waterways and lakes by providing transportation and expert advice.  Whether’s accessing the “big waters” of Lake Superior or exploring inland coves, they’ve got you covered.

Click here for more information on Keweenaw fishing guides and charters.

Man holding large fish

Local charters help visitors access the Keweenaw’s inland lakes and Lake Superior | Image credit Keweenaw Charters

INLAND LAKES

Secluded inland lakes are perfect for connecting with the Keweenaw’s vast wilderness.  More tranquil than the vast Lake Superior, these lakes offer calm waters tailor-made for early morning excursions or sunset trolling.

Explore 18 inland lakes by clicking here.

Man fishing in beautiful inland lake

Great fishing locations in the Copper Country on inland lakes. Lake Medora and Lake Fanny Hooe in the Keweenaw Peninsula are not only great fishing destinations but picturesque. | Image credit @thecoppercountry

MARINAS

The Keweenaw has seven marinas available for docking private boats or even casting a line to try your luck before heading out.  Many include amenities such as transient slips, restrooms, fuel, showers, laundry service, and easy access to trails and other attractions.  For advanced reservations, be sure to call ahead!

Boat marina with people at a picnic table with lift bridge in background

Houghton County Marina

Ice Fishing

The Keweenaw Peninsula is also a great ice fishing destination. In 2022, Copper Harbor was ranked among the Top 8 Ice Fishing Destinations in the US by Fishing Booker.  Learn more about hard-water fishing here. 

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