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Boating

The native peoples of the Superior region knew all too well the violent temperament and unpredictable moods of the big lake. The size of an obstacle the Keweenaw peninsula represented made it much too dangerous to attempt to navigate around. Fortunately a much safer route had been provided, courtesy of the Portage River at the peninsula's base. By following this river into the connecting lakes and tributaries, early voyagers could make their way across the obstacle quickly and easily, with only a short Portage at the far end to make it back to the great lake. The peninsula became known by the native peoples as "place of the crossing", translated by early explores as "Keewaiwona".

That ancient portage route also gave name to the peninsula's largest lake - Portage Lake. But the Portage is by far not the only lake found along the Keweenaw. More then a dozen large lakes, and several dozen more small ones, can be found hidden deep in the forests and along the rugged interior peaks. Some of these lakes - like Torch Lake - were heavily used by mine companies for shipping and tailings disposal. Others, like Schlatter's Lake and Lost Lake, remain remote and unspoiled to this day. A good deal of others exist today thanks to man's help - having been created to supply the mine companies exhaustive thirst for water.


Eagle Harbor Marina

Eagle Harbor - Providing protected access to adjacent Lake Superior, this fully equipped marina includes over 250 feet of dockage and plenty of parking. Learn More...

Gratiot Lake

Central - The Keweenaw's largest lake, this 1438 acre lake averages a depth of over 30 feet and features a concrete ramp with dock on its northern shore. Learn More...

Keweenaw Waterway at Houghton Waterfront

Houghton - Accessing the sprawling waters of the Keweenaw Waterway, this municipal boat launch features a concrete ramp with dock and several hundred feet of adjacent dockage. Learn More...

Keweenaw Waterway at Lilly Pond

Hancock - A pair of concrete ramps and adjacent mooring pier provide access to nearly 13,000 acres of inland waterways along the Keweenaw Waterway and Torch Lake, as well as Lake Superior herself. Learn More...

Lac La Belle

Lac La Belle - This deep 1100 acre lake connects to Lake Superior through the Mendota Canal and features a fully equipped marina complete with ramp, dock and a generous supply of dockage and parking. Learn More...

Lake Fanny Hooe

Copper Harbor - A concrete boat ramp located within Fort Wilkins State Park is the only way to access this 230 acre lake with an average depth of over 20 feet. Learn More...

Lake Medora

Copper Harbor - This 700 acre lake peppered with several small islands is accessible through a small concrete boat ramp with dock at the lake's south-east corner. Learn More...

Portage Lake at Sandy Bottom

Dollar Bay - The sprawling waters of this 10 thousand acre lake as well as the adjacent Keweenaw Waterway are accessible by this small boat launch area within Dollar Bay that includes a concrete ramp and dock. Learn More...

Rice Lake

Lake Linden - This popular fishing hole - 680 acres in size - features a concrete boat ramp with dock along its eastern shore. Learn More...

Torch Lake at Hubbell Park

Hubbell - Its vast waters partially displaced by hundreds of acres of reclaimed mine tailings, this 2600 acres lake can be explored from the concrete ramp and complimenting dockage found at Hubbell Park. Learn More...

Torch Lake at Lake Linden Park

Lake Linden - The cold and deep waters of this sprawling lake plunge nearly a hundred feet down and are accessible from the Lake Linden Marina, which features a concrete ramp and a generous amount of adjacent dockage and boat slips. Learn More...