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Kayaking

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.


Boston Pond

Hancock - Created to provide water for the adjacent Albany & Boston Mine, this small man made lake can be accessed from a large parking area complete with a primitive boat ramp. Learn More...

Calumet Lake

Calumet - An adjacent parking area and grass shore makes accessing this small man-made lake that originally served the water needs of the great C&H Mine relatively relatively hassle free. Learn More...

Cat Harbor

Eagle Harbor - Sheltered by a line of rocky outcroppings along its entrance, this shallow rocky cove sits right along the highway and features a wide sand beach. Learn More...

Deer Lake

Lac La Belle - This remote and secluded lake is only accessible from a narrow and winding two track that ends at a very small grassy launch site along the lakes northern shore. Learn More...

Eliza Lake

Eagle Harbor - Access to this picturesque man-made lake backed by the soaring heights of Petherick Hill involves a short walk down a wide path to a cleared shoreline launching area. Learn More...

Hoar Lake

Copper Harbor - This remote and secluded lake is accessed from a narrow sandy launch site located at the end of a rugged two track, accompanied by only a limited space for parking. Learn More...

Koop Black Cove

Eagle Harbor - This wide sandy beach sits conveniently close to the neighboring highway and includes a narrow parking area along the road's shoulder. Learn More...

Lake Bailey

Eagle Harbor - A primitive DNR launching site with plenty of parking sits at the eastern end of this picturesque shallow lake sitting at the base of Mt. Baldy. Learn More...

Lake Manganese

Copper Harbor - A paved road leads to a small parking area complimenting this remote lakes's wide sandy beach and narrow launching area. Learn More...

Lake Perrault

Painesdale - This 39 acre lake features a wide sandy beach along its southern shore located conveniently alongside an adjacent dirt access road. Learn More...

Schlatter Lake

Copper Harbor - Access to this remote and extremely secluded lake involves a laborious journey along a long rutted two track down to a narrow sandy launch site along the lake's eastern shore. Learn More...

Seneca Lake

Mohawk - Only a narrow cleared area populated with picnic grills and tables provides access to this small lake sitting alongside Cliff Drive. Learn More...

Thayer's Lake

Gay - This small 13 acre lake features a primitive boat launch and complimenting small parking area at the end of a long and rugged dirt road. Learn More...