The Keweenaw offers an endless variety of outdoor activities. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend, moving up to attend MTU, or have spent whole life here, there is always something to discover. We asked our staff to pick their favorites and we came up with a list of 5 must-dos.
1. Take a mine tour: There are several mine tours in the area: Quincy Mine, Delaware Mine, Adventure Mine in Mass City. They are all unique and can fill you in on the mining history that defines the culture and landscape of the peninsula.
2. Take a hike: Mt. Baldy is the largest and least disturbed of only a handful of balds remaining in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Although also known as Lookout Mountain, Mount Baldy earned its name because wind has clearly shaped this bald community with stunted, wind-contorted conifers at its highest elevation. Learn More Here.
3. Explore some local waterfalls: Dozens of waterfalls are scattered around the Keweenaw, from the roadside Jacob’s Falls to the largest waterfall in the midwest: Houghton Douglass Falls. In both summer or winter, a day spent chasing waterfalls is a day well spent. A great place to start is at Hungarian Falls. It’s close to town, really scenic and offers four waterfalls to explore.
4. Trout fish a backcountry stream: Miles and miles of cold clear water flow through the copper country. Our staff can point you in the right direction and give you some tips.
5. Go for a bike a ride: With miles of the best single track, deserted gravel roads, and a great bike path, biking in the Keweenaw is hard to beat. Copper Harbor Trails, Michigan Tech’s Tech Trails, and Swedetown all offer great places to get your wheels out in the woods.
That’s just a taste of what’s available around the peninsula. If you want to discover more, plan a trip or gear up for your adventure, make sure you stop by our store in Downtown Houghton. The staff know the area as well as anyone and are always excited to share their love of the area.