Lake Manganese

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Sitting some 200 feet up into the mountainous region south of Copper Harbor, this deep glacier lake is located several miles within an unspoiled wilderness on state-owned land. Though natural in origin, the lake has been artificially deepened with a series of dams on its northern outlets, erected to serve the water needs of nearby mines. Lake Manganese features a wide sandy beach on its northern shore along with a small park with restrooms and picnic tables. The remaining shoreline consists primarily of marsh backed by thick forest and high rolling hills beyond. Averaging a depth of 15 feet, the lake is managed by the DNR for Brook Trout.

NOTES: This remote lake can be accessed from a paved road from Copper Harbor. A small parking area is provided from which the beach is only a short walk. A primitive boat launching site is provided, but capable of supporting only canoes, kayaks, or small fishing boats.

DIRECTIONS: From along US41 in Copper Harbor turn right onto Manganese Road, just after the visitor center. Follow this up the hill for 0.8 miles until you come to a fork in the road. Take the right branch and follow it a short winding distance down to the lake.

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