Destination: The Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

  • Copper mines, beaches, rock finding, fishing, history tours and relaxation by nighttime starlight
  • My perfect place to UNWIND from my busy life
  • Cedar Point Cabins is nestled between the shore of Lake Bailey & Lake Superior
The Aspen Cabin would be our home in the wilderness for 5 days. Shirley Holzhei photo

By Bob Holzhei

The Keweenaw Peninsula is a 60-mile finger of land that has remained unchanged since the copper boom of the 1800s. This mineral-rich location offers some of the oldest exposed rock in the world and features 165 miles of outdoor recreation trails, 36 campgrounds, 51 miles of canoeing, 10 major shipwrecks, and 336 miles of scenic Lake Superior shoreline. This remote location demands discovery. It is historically preserved by the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

The Cedar Point Cabins are nestled between the shores of Lake Bailey and Lake Superior near Look Out Mountain on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. The cabins are located two miles East of Eagle Harbor on M-26 and about 13 miles south of Copper Harbor.

Upon arrival, my wife and I were greeted by Paul Carlson who directed us to our cabin, it was named “Aspen.” Carlson took over the family business from his parents in 2011; some cabins were built in the 1940s and took us back to an earlier era. There are six cabins, four of which are open year-round. Two newer cabins were added in 2014. Reservations are recommended.

Aspen by name is a popular tree with heart-shaped leaves that “tremble even in a slight breeze.” As we drove to the Aspen cabin, my first impression was beautiful, peaceful, and remote. I realized that I needed places like that to rediscover myself and get away from the hectic pace of daily life.

Reading comments from former guests written in a notebook added to our wilderness experience. “Wonderful! Beautiful! We enjoyed a canoe trip to an island. What a beautiful place! We had the most perfect end to our winter get-away. A perfect stay!” stated guests. Lake Bailey is a wilderness lake, perfect for canoeing, kayaking, fishing for perch and pike, and wildlife viewing.

The Cedar Point Cabins are nestled between Lake Bailey and Lake Superior, on Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan. Shirley Holzhei photo

Visitors can choose from a variety of activities including tours at the Quincy Mine or Delaware Mine. Six years before the California Gold Rush in 1843, prospectors arrived at the Keweenaw and discovered copper. The Delaware copper mine dates back to 1847. A list of monthly annual events may create a “when should I visit” dilemma? With over 34 attractions including the famous Brockway Mountain drive, which climbs 735 feet above Lake Superior via a paved road. The mountain is named after Daniel Brockway, an early settler who built and opened a store in Copper Harbor. The drive was built in 1933 during the depression era when federal work programs brought relief to laid-off miners. At the top of the mountain, as close to heaven as one can get, the panoramic view allows visitors to see for miles while watching freighters pass by. At night, when the darkness is complete, star gazing and viewing the milky way is not only popular but on a clear night, the Aurora Borealis can provide an unforgettable experience.

Birding in the Boreal forests, woodlands, wetlands, and inland lakes is a year-round activity with 334 species of birds noted here. Blend in nine waterfalls, including Eagle River Falls, Haven, Jacob’s lower and upper falls, Manganese, Gorge and Montreal Falls. A complete listing of activities is found in the Keweenaw Adventure Guide.

Fort Wilkins State Park is an 1844 Army post complete with period buildings and interpreters, it creates an authentic feel for Army life on the frontier.

The Lake Superior shoreline is the largest body of freshwater in the world that surrounds the Keweenaw. A leisurely walk along the shoreline for mineral deposits including agate, Lake Superior quartz, or copper, was a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is a land of captivating scenery, rugged hills, waterfalls, lighthouses, beaches, and wildflowers, surrounded by Lake Superior.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 906 289-4415 Keweenaw Convention & Visitor’s Bureau 1 800 338-7982