Keweenaw Peninsula

  • Cruising to a lighthouse

    In summer, excursion boats give visitors a chance to see historic beacons.

    By definition, lighthouses aren't easy to visit. Most are between a rock and a hard place, out of the way and on the edge of a fickle inland sea. “When the government came here after 1843, they were afraid the Native Americans would be hostile, but they quickly found out the only thing hostile was Lake Superior,'' said our captain on a cruise to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

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  • Exploring Isle Royale

    Famous for its moose and wolves, this Lake Superior wilderness island is beguiling.

    When it rains on Isle Royale, you just have to soak it up. Moisture comes with the territory in Lake Superior's northern reaches. No one comes here for the weather, despite early advertising that called it a "Summertime 'Bermuda' Paradise." Bermuda it's not. But paradise? It depends on how you look at it.

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  • Copper Harbor refuge

    Early fortune-seekers left their mark on a village at the tip of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

    Copper Harbor, Mich., never has had an easy existence. Indians and explorers always knew there was copper sitting along the Keweenaw Peninsula. But the desolation of the area made mining difficult. The earliest expedition, sent by London investors in 1771, gave up in disgust on an area Patrick Henry told Congress was "beyond the most distant wilderness and remote as the moon.''

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  • Digging the Keweenaw

    On Lake Superior, an isolated peninsula yields up all sorts of riches.

    On Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, distance is both curse and blessing.

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