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Beach Walking

The great inland sea which greeted early European explorers as they made their way to the Keweenaw Region was described by their native guides as "Kitchi-gummi" - a Chippiwa term for "great water". The French translation became over time "Le Lac Superieur", or The Superior Lake. No matter the interpretation, the northern-most great lakes quickly earned a reputation as an angry and violent soul. The rocky and battered shore of the Keweenaw is a testament to the lakes true nature.

But don't be fooled by its outward appearance, there is still a large amount of variety in the types of shorelines that can be found here along the big lake. While the rocky outcroppings and cobblestone beaches are a dime a dozen, there can still be found hidden among the peninsula's many coves and harbors a few stretches of highly sought beaches of the pristine white sand variety. And along the peninsulas more remote regions there can also be found the scattering of soaring sandstone cliffs, towering sea stacks and even a rock arch or two.

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Bete Grise

Lac La Belle - Bordering the vast blue waters of Bete Grise Bay lie nearly a miles worth of white sand beach set against the lush green backdrop of Mt. houghton and the rugged hills of Keweenaw point. Learn More...

Bete Grise South

Lac La Belle - An almost endless stretch of pristine white sand beach overlooking Bete Grise bay is the highlight of this sprawling 1500 acre nature preserve. Learn More...

Black Creek Sanctuary

Calumet - The meandering waters of both the Hill and Black Creeks cut through a wide cobblestone beach here along this preserve's remote Lake Superior shoreline. Learn More...

The Breakers

Houghton - Originally only a desolate stretch of stamp sand, this man-made beachfront hugging the breakwaters of the Keweenaw Waterway's northern entry has recently been rehabilitated into a grassy field overlooking the upper entry lighthouse. Learn More...

Brunette Park

Lac La Bell - In addition to a small stretch of sand beach this remote east shore park features a vast shelf of intricately patterned sandstone sitting just below the lake's glass like surface. Learn More...

Calumet Waterworks

Calumet - Complimenting this stretch of stone littered Lake Superior shore is a sprawling day use park complete with a picnic area and playground. Learn More...

Cat Harbor

Eagle Harbor - This tranquil and shallow cove is protected from the lake's fury by a series of picturesque rocky outcroppings lining its opening. Learn More...

Dan's Point

Copper Harbor - Large conglomerate outcroppings and cobblestone beaches litter this section of lakeshore, which happen to correspond to the Keweenaw's northern most point. Learn More...

Eagle Harbor Beach

Eagle Harbor - This large sand beach set within the protected waters of Eagle Harbor provide some stunning views across the lake and along the lush slopes of nearby Mt. Baldy. Learn More...

Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Station

Eagle Harbor - This impressive collection of massive rock outcroppings and pebble lined coves was once home to the Eagle Harbor lifesaving station's lookout tower. Learn More...

Eagle River Beach

Eagle River - Picturesque sand dunes and a meandering creek serve as backdrops to this wide stretch of sand beach neighboring the mouth of the Eagle River. Learn More...

Esrey Park

Copper Harbor - This popular day use park sits within the formidable rocky outcroppings found along Agate Harbor, providing great views of both the lake and several uninhabited islands sitting nearby. Learn More...

Gratiot River Park

Ahmeek - This remote recreation area features a sprawling cobblestone beach bordering the mouth of the Gratiot River and backed by miles of unspoiled wilderness. Learn More...

Great Sand Bay

Eagle River - This rock-strewn beach is cradled by an impressive array of soaring sand dunes lining this incredible scenic and aptly named bay. Learn More...

Hebard Park

Copper Harbor - A series of rocky outcroppings and shoals dominate the lakeshore of this small roadside park near Copper Harbor.. Learn More...

High Rock Bay

Copper Harbor - This extremely remote shoreline is accented by a rugged conglomerate cliff that provides a sweeping view of neighboring Manitou Island and Gull Rock lighthouse. Learn More...

Horseshoe Harbor

Copper Harbor - This remote nature preserve features an impressive series of towering conglomerate outcroppings that form several small coves and islets along it's rugged Superior shore. Learn More...

Hunter's Point

Copper Harbor - This narrow finger of land jutting out into Copper Harbor is littered with several cobblestone beaches and provides some great views across the harbor and out towards the lush beauty of the neighboring east and west bluffs. Learn More...

Keweenaw Rocket Range

Copper Harbor - Once used as a rocket launch site, this remote lakeshore overlooking the Gull Rock lighthouse is littered with several rocky outcroppings and unspoiled cobblestone coves.. Learn More...

Koop Black Cove

Eagle Harbor - This small stretch of public shore along south end of Eagle Harbor provides for some excellent views out across the harbor and towards the Eagle Harbor lighthouse beyond. Learn More...

McLain State Park

Hancock - This large state park features over a mile of Lake Superior shoreline, punctuated by the breakwaters and lighthouse of the Keweenaw Waterway's north entry. Learn More...

Porter's Island

Porter's Island

Copper Harbor - This hard to access thin sliver of land fronting Copper Harbor features over a mile of cobblestone beach that has largely been unspoiled by man. Learn More...

Pt. Isabella

Lac La Belle - This pine shaded outcropping of land features a short sandstone cliff as well as some soaring views out across Bete Grise bay towards the Keweenaw Point. Learn More...

Redwyn's Dunes

Eagle River - A makeshift stairway leads down from this preserve's main trail to an idyllic stretch of rocky beach backed by a wind swept sand dune. Learn More...

Third Street Park

Third Street Park

Copper Harbor - This small lakeshore park's boardwalk and dock offers a quiet place to look out over the harbor and Lake Superior beyond. Learn More...

Tobacco River Park

Gay - This birch shaded stretch of lakeshore along the mouth of the Tabacco River is home to the remains of the Mohawk Mill Pump House's intake cribs beached on shore and offers unique views of the impressive Gay sands to the south. Learn More...

Traverse Bay

Gay - Backed by short sand dunes and bordered by the meandering waters of a small creek, this wide sandy beach offers a sweeping view out along the vast shoreline of Traverse Bay and the iconic Gay stack in the distance. Learn More...

Veale Park

Eagle River - Down a short ledge from this roadside park's pine shaded picnic area lies a rocky lakeshore sprinkled with several sandstone outcroppings and lined by a crumbling sandstone cliff. Learn More...

White City

Jacobsvile - This massive white sand beach perched up against the Keweenaw waterway's south entry breakwater features a stunning panoramic view out across Keweenaw Bay and towards the Huron Mountains beyond. Learn More...