If you are looking for a small town in the Copper Country with fantastic summer and winter activities, festivals, great fishing, and rich history, then Chassell is your travel destination. Located on Highway 41 between Houghton and Baraga, Chassell offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts. Hunting, boating, cross country skiing. Oh, and not to mention the famous Chassell Strawberry Festival! So come enjoy all this tiny town has to offer.
Chassell has plenty to offer from family-friendly activities in the park, including picnic areas, restrooms, playgrounds, volleyball sand court, and a large pavilion that can be reserved for gatherings. To the right of the park entrance is a boat ramp with plenty of parking for trucks and trailers with easy access. If you would rather fish from the dock, you will find a large wooden deck to fish off of right next to the boat ramp.
Tourists can shop along the main street to pick up local treasures from antiques to a quick snack from the small grocery store. If you want to drive just a short bit, make sure to check out the Keweenaw Kountry Store across from the Chassell school.
Chassell has the luxury of sitting on beautiful waters, no doubt why the founders wanted to develop a town. The massive Sturgeon River dumps out into Chassell Bay. This river runs into Ontonagon County. It is an excellent river for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Additionally, from Chassell Bay, you can access South Entry which is only a few minutes by boat. Boating through the South Entry channel is a beautiful experience and will eventually lead to Lake Superior and the South Entry Lighthouse. If boating out to Lake Superior is not your thing, you can also access the Portage Channel from Chassell Bay. The towns of Houghton and Hancock are perched along this stretch of water, which offers impressive boating experiences.
The Chassell Heritage Center is also a great destination to learn the local history. The town was built around the lumber industry that supports the mine booming tows. Great exhibits and plenty of historical information can be located here. The Heritage Center was once the Chassell School buildings which housed classes from kindergarten through twelfth grade in these two tiny buildings.
The Iron Horse Restaurant and Bar located on Highway 41 on the south portion of Chassell offers plenty of food and beverage options.
There are plenty of places to stay in Chassell. Cottages and homes for rent dot the shoreline of Chassell Bay and can be rented for the night or week. These homes are listed on VBRO and other vacation rental sites. Only six miles away in Houghton and Hancock are many more places to sleep and eat.
Chassell Bay is a local favorite for water sport activities of all kinds. The fishing here is excellent. Everything can be caught from perch to pike, to walleye. Chassell is very rich in history around logging that would support the Copper Country mine growth. Visit the Chassell Heritage Center, which offers a museum and tours packed full of great information.
Winter activities are complete and plenty here. Chassell Bay is dotted with ice shanties when the water ices over. The town also offers one of the more popular cross-country skiing trails in all of the Upper Peninsula. The trail offers miles and miles of excellent ski trails through dense, covered trees, deep gorges, and open fields. In addition, the primary trail system for snowmobiling runs through Chassell, which connects Copper Harbor to Baraga.
The famous Chassell Strawberry Festival is a local favorite in all of the Upper Peninsula. Traditionally held the first weekend after the Fourth of July, this is an excellent experience for all ages. Children will love the parade that is always packed full of the best floats summer festivals have to offer. Thousands of people flock into town during parade day. The Strawberry Shortcake is the main attraction. All the strawberries are picked locally from the surrounding strawberry fields. Many vendors sell locally made products and festival favorites.
Chassell is part of Houghton County, which has some trendy destinations to visit. Tale of Two Cities, see Houghton and Hancock. Houghton, the home of Michigan Tech University, is a hub of cultural activity for the area, with the main street packed full of great stores and restaurants. Hancock, which sits across the Portage Channel, is a historic vista. Their main street also has plenty of shops and some of the best restaurants around one of them being the Kaleva Cafe.
There is plenty of hiking, camping, waterfalls, and the most fantastic lighthouse tour to take in this part of the Copper Country. Also, don't miss out on the history. It would help if you made a stop at the famous Quincy Mine, which stands as a lone sentry above the Houghton and Hancock.
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