Your Official Guide To The Copper Country

Explore All the Historical & Beautiful Places of the Copper Country

Welcome to the Copper Country

The Copper Country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers numerous wilderness experiences to meet every dream. But are you looking for a new adventure that will challenge all your backpacking skills or your kayaking dreams?  Then the world-renown national park, located in the middle of Lake Superior and belonging to Keweenaw County, will meet all the requirements you may have considered.

The Copper Country’s four counties all border on Lake Superior. In addition, two national parks and two of Michigan’s largest state parks exist in the Copper Country.  Michigan’s largest undeveloped state park, Craig Lake State Park, lies in eastern Baraga County.  While at the western end of Ontonagon County, you can visit, camp, hike, fish at the Porcupine Mountain State Park.  

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Isle Royale National Park

Explore a rugged, remote island, far from civilization. Encompassed by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unique solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, kayakers, anglers, canoeists, boaters, and scuba divers. [more]

Bond Falls Copper Country

Copper Country Waterfalls

Bond Falls is a beautiful waterfall in southern Ontonagon County. The falls are formed as the middle branch of the Ontonagon river, and plunges over a solid belt of fractured rock, breaking it into various small cascades. [more]

Golf Bag On Copper Country Golf Course

Copper Country Golf Courses

Discover MTU Portage Lake Golf Course with 18 holes on 160 acres, with two nines of distinctly different characteristics and difficulties. Take a glance at each nine, with yardage and photos of each hole. [more]

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Copper Country Lighthouses

The Eagle River Lighthouse is found on the south bank of Eagle River to mark the river passage from Lake Superior on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. The Eagle River Lighthouse was the only lighthouse between Eagle Harbor and the Keweenaw Waterway. [more]

Bishop Baraga Shrine

Bishop Baraga Shrine

The Bishop Baraga Statue pays recognition to one of the earliest and most beloved pioneers of the Keweenaw, Frederic Baraga. Know as "The Snowshoe Priest," he became the first Bishop in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Apostle of the Great Lakes. (Located on US 41 between L'Anse and Baraga) [more]

The Champion Mine Michigan

Champion Mine Michigan

The Champion Mine is an underground copper mine comprised of four shafts in Painesdale, just south of Houghton. The Champion Mining Company was founded in 1899 and was under the control of the Copper Range Consolidated Company in 1901. [more]

Does It Get Any Better Than Summer in the Copper Country?

Swimmers can enjoy the sandy beaches of Lake Superior at such places as Great Sand Bay or Bête Grise in Keweenaw County or the bathing beaches of Houghton and Hancock on the Portage Canal.  Keweenaw Bay offers several beautiful beaches in Baraga County.  The sandy shoreline just outside of Ontonagon is an excellent secret that visitors seldom hear exists.  Miles of sandy beach stretches from the mouth of the Ontonagon River for miles, all the way to the mouth of the Firesteel River.

The Copper Country also invites everyone to discover their history by being the home of the Keweenaw National Park, whose sole mission is to help people explore the early history of the Copper Country.  The earliest explorers to America quickly learned that native people mined copper in various spots of the Copper Country. Likewise, early geologists quickly learned that copper could be found in three of the four counties.  As soon as Michigan became a state and the U.S. Government could make treaties with the local Native American peoples, miners began to arrive. By the early 1840s, the miners were pulling copper out of the ground.

The great wilderness presented untold difficulties for these early miners.  But their ingenuity and the significant financial investments from easterners overcame many of the problems.  The Keweenaw National Park has partnered with numerous heritage sites throughout the Copper Country that visitors are encouraged to visit.  Just visiting the various heritage sites can fill up entire weeks. For example, the Seaman Rock Museum at Michigan Technological University is internationally known for its rock exhibits.

Besides the wilderness experiences awaiting every visitor, the Copper Country invites people to an adventure where you may play to your heart’s content. Golf courses are in every county and offer various experiences, from the beauty of the Keweenaw Golf Course at Copper Harbor with views of Brockway Mountain or the Portage Lake Golf Course in Houghton with beautiful views of Portage Lake.  

Like fishing, swimming, or boating?  Lake Superior is second to none with its fishing possibilities.  Numerous lakes are in each county, from Portage Lake in Houghton County to Lake Gogebic in Ontonagon County or the lonelier lakes of Keweenaw and Baraga counties.  

Discover Copper Country History

Copper Country History is rich and diverse, made alive through the various people groupings who have lived in the four counties of Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, and Baraga.

Whether it is prehistory, modern history, or the current history, copper mining, lumber, fishing, and Lake Superior are common threads that interweave each historical era into a colorful pattern only equaled by the beauty of each of the seasons.

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