10 Things to Do in Copper Harbor That You Shouldn't Miss

August 3, 2017 Misti Hsu

Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is within Grant Township on the Keweenaw Peninsula which juts out from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan into Lake Superior. Its population was 108 as of the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Copper Harbor

1. Keweenaw Adventure Company

155 Gratiot Street, Copper Harbor, MI 49918
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5 based on 146 reviews

Keweenaw Adventure Company

Established in 1994, Keweenaw Adventure Company (KAC) is a guide and outfitter specializing in Lake Superior sea kayak adventures and mountain biking on Copper Harbor's internationally recognized trail system. With over twenty years' experience and an excellent safety record, we provide state-of-the-art rental equipment, essential goods and exceptional customer service. We offer a variety of guided day trips, as well as multi-day kayak tours on Isle Royale National Park and along the Keweenaw Water Trail. We have lodging available and have a small retail shop where we host a supply of essential bike parts and kayak accessories, bicycle, canoe & SUP rentals, bicycle service (mechanics), interpretive guided eco-hikes and a shuttle service, too. More than just a shop, we have also built our reputation as advocates, trail builders, community organizers and folks who like to have a good time.

Reviewed By sharon b - Commerce Township, Michigan

Keweenaw Adventure Company adequately prepared our group of 5 for our 1st time kayaking/camping (4 days) on Isle Royale. Our guide, Rudy, topped it off with his ability to keep things organized. Beyond that he lent a special touch to the experience by sharing the culture of the island. He is a personable and professional guide and is very at home on the island. One highlight for me was filleting a fish on a rock that Rudy caught, which we then ate for dinner. I did a lot of reading before going on this trip and have traveled the world but this experience exceeded my expectations. I plan to return to this jewel in Michigan.

2. Brockway Mountain Drive

West on state highway M-26, out of Copper Harbor, Copper Harbor, MI
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4.5 based on 456 reviews

Brockway Mountain Drive

Reviewed By Leslie21075 - Elkridge, Maryland

Never get tired of the trip up Brockway. Drive down near Eagle Harbor on 26 and come back to Copper Harbor via Brockway Mountain Drive. Much prettier.

3. Fort Wilkins State Park

15223 Us-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918 +1 906-289-4215
Excellent
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4.5 based on 235 reviews

Fort Wilkins State Park

An army outpost that kept order in this wilderness outpost in the 1840s.

Reviewed By likeparty - Orlando, FL

Nice park, well laid out, many, many intact buildings. Lots of history and explanation of what life was like here in this remote location long ago.
Great place to spend half an hour if you are passing through (not recommended) or half a day if you are camping or staying nearby (recommended!).
Find the cul-de-sac where Highway 41 starts and runs all the way through the US to Florida and Miami...heck my parents drove to FL in the 50's on that route!

4. Hunter's Point Park

Copper Harbor, MI 49918 +1 906-289-4292
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5 based on 61 reviews

Hunter's Point Park

Reviewed By Iliffmom3 - Saginaw, Michigan

We stopped here our first night in the area. We wanted to look for some agates, which we did find! When visiting here, keep in mind the power of Lake Superior. The waves were really crashing!

5. Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

The Clark Mine Road, Copper Harbor, MI
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

A 508-acre sanctuary of rare old-growth white pines. 2.5 miles of hiking trails (no wheeled vehicles). A moderate hike; accessible for families and couples. Steep hills, whisper quiet, and beautiful..

Reviewed By midwesterner5 - midwest

We accidentally did this hike when our ferry was delayed four hours. What a great accident! I had not known about this old growth sanctuary, or that 35,000 acres of Porcupine Mountains State Park is old growth. So our trip to Isle Royale was enhanced by beautiful hikes on the mainland.

In this hike you get some sense of what people saw before Europeans arrived. Some white pines in this preserve are 300-400 years old.

6. Brickside Brewery

64 Gratiot ave, Copper Harbor, MI +1 906-289-4772
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Brickside Brewery

Reviewed By Experiencemattn

We stopped in for lunch and brought our food from the Food truck that is parked outside. It is a cool little place with a bar and some tables and they had I think 8 beers on tap. The Porter I had was very tasty.

7. Copper Harbor Bike Trail System

Copper Harbor, MI
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5 based on 46 reviews

Copper Harbor Bike Trail System

Reviewed By FXDWGI06

Been threatening and promising myself I'd go ride here. Finally made good on the threat/promise. Now I'm pissed I didn't fulfill it earlier. The trails are super exciting, from mild to wild, everyone can find something. The loops and link-ups will test your fitness if you want, or take it easy and enjoy the many sights along the way.
It rained pretty much the entire time we were there, but the trails held up well and some are so well protected you almost could tell.
Definitely a must do again and again.

8. Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens

1028 Gratiot Street, Copper Harbor, MI 49918 +1 906-289-4370
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5 based on 30 reviews

Into the Woods Mini Golf and Gardens

An 18 hole skill miniature skill course designed for adults that even the kids will love! Challenge yourself, friends and family on this fun and quirky course featuring 14 'Crazy Golf Holes' guaranteed to keep you laughing. After 3pm adult beverages are permitted (BYOB after 3). No underage drinking tolerated and we will check ID! A lovely outdoor lounge is available for use between holes or for exclusive rental for your next event. Bridal rehersal BBQ's are a bit hit offering something for everyone! WHile in Copper Harbor stop in to visit. Our bet is you will be glad you did.

Reviewed By Taylor C - Macomb, Michigan

Very cute little putt putt course on your way into town. My husband always insists on stopping whenever he sees putt putt, because he thinks he can win... though he never does. This course was particularly unique because they offered "crazy hole" options. The hole...MoreThank you for stopping! it is always fun to meet people new to the course. Glad you enjoyed the 'Crazy Golf' option. Hope to see you again.

9. Horseshoe Harbor

Mandan Road, Mary Macdonald Preserve, Copper Harbor, MI
Excellent
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Horseshoe Harbor

Reviewed By TheGambianRPCV - Reynoldsburg, Ohio

We decided to check Horseshoe out based on a local suggestion - we were not disappointed. Not only did we get to complete a small hike, but we were rewarded with a beautifully isolated beach/lagoon.

The beach is rock covered - rocks that have been a rock tumbler - round of all shaped and sizes.

There is a huge outcropping that is fun to climb.

We experienced maybe ten people during our several hour stay.

Awesome place!

10. Manganese Falls

Copper Harbor, MI 49918
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3.5 based on 59 reviews

Manganese Falls

Manganese Falls is fed by Lake Manganese, a pristine little lake worth visiting too. The falls are at the mercy of the seasons. The falls run rampant in spring with all the snowmelt (270" average) and rainfall. Then as the season progresses, they become much less intense ending in fall as not much more than a trickle. The box canyon that surrounds the falls is a beautiful and dramatic 100 foot drop. It is lined with mosses, ferns and other boreal fringe flora, making it worth the stop even in the fall. There is a scenic trail that leads down and over a bridge to the lower end of the falls. It is definitely worth taking if you have the time.

Reviewed By Taylor C - Macomb, Michigan

My husband and I were driving through Copper Harbor when we saw a sign for the Falls.

We followed a larger group ahead of us who had just parked roadside to hike down to the Falls.

The main entranceway where the sign is located has a path going downward towards the bottom of the Falls. In order to get to the bottoms it's a very steep hill, at one point my husband and I had to slide down some rocks on our bottoms in order to have a good grip.

Quite an adventure!
Once at the bottom through we realized the best view would probably be from the top... so we had to climb all the way back up. About 50 feet up the road from where the sign is located, there is a second, more hidden trail that takes you about 100 feet off the road, and you can view the top of the Falls from there.

It's a very short hike both ways regardless. But once you figure out your best viewing point, they're pretty neat.

Worth checking out for sure!

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