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Free Things To Do in the Keweenaw

When explorers first arrived to the Keweenaw they found a vast rugged landscape sculpted by the waves and winds of one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world. The great mining rush that followed attempted to tame the peninsula's unspoiled wilderness and establish a more civilized world in its place. In the decades to follow nearly 100,000 people would come to call the region home, and an impressive assortment of mining towns popped up all across what would become known as the Copper Country. But in the end those mines and the civilized world that accompanied them could not last, and both faded away into history. In their place the natural world grew anew and the vast wilderness that once greeted those explorers of lore made a triumphant return.

Today those sprawling mining lands that once dominated the Keweenaw's landscape are now largely open to the public for recreation, providing an abundance of nature preserves, sanctuaries, parks, and wilderness areas. Dozens of miles of hiking paths lie scattered about thousands acres of forestland while a hundred miles of abandoned railroad grades now carry bicycle and ATV traffic. Meanwhile along shore miles of old docks and industrial areas have been converted into public parks and marinas while over 15 inland lakes lie nestled in the rugged hill of the peninsula's interior.


Biking

An impressive array of rugged single tracks are complimented by the hundred miles of abandoned railroad grades that have also been converted into biking paths. Learn More...

Beach Walking

The Keweenaw offers over 150 miles of Lake Superior Shore to explore, an incredibly varied collection that includes soaring cliffs, rocky outcroppings, cobblestone coves and sweeping white sand beaches. Learn More...

Boating

Besides the vast waters of Lake Superior itself the Keweenaw also boasts more then a dozen inland lakes, a great deal of which are complimented with boat launches and docking facilities. Learn More...

Fishing

Not only does the Keweenaw Peninsula feature the largest fresh water lake in the world, it's also home to dozens of inland lakes and streams in which a bounty of fish is available to anglers. Learn More...

Hiking

Over a thousand acres of Keweenaw landscapes are accessible through dozens of miles of trails and walking paths scattered about the peninsula's impressive collection of nature sanctuaries and wilderness areas. Learn More...

Kayaking

Scattered across the peninsula are an ample array of tranquil coves, small lakes, ponds, and meandering rivers that are too small for most boats but make for some great kayaking opportunities. Learn More...

Picnicking

Some great locations for a picnic can be had at any of the Keweenaw's generous supply of parks and green space littered all along its roads, highways, and lakeshore. Learn More...

Playing

The numerous mining towns and locations scattered across the peninsula provide a wide assortment of playgrounds for the enjoyment of kids of all ages. Learn More...

Scenic Drives

Of the hundreds of miles of roads criss crossing the Keweenaw, a majority of those take riders through some of the most scenic and picturesque landscapes the peninsula has to offer. Learn More...

Sledding

Bring the sled or inner-tube to one of the Keweenaw's public sledding hills. Learn More...

Snowshoeing

Many of the Keweenaw's scenic hiking trails can also be enjoyed during the winter months for snowshoeing, providing an even more serene and tranquil experience. Learn More...

Swimming

While Lake Superior may be more famously known for its rocky shoreline, it's also home to a surprising number of pristine white sand beaches perfectly suited for taking in the sun or a cool dip in the lake. Learn More...