Boarding the Keweenaw Star in Houghton, MI., your first gaze is upon the majestic Portage Canal Lift Bridge as several boats pass underneath. Take in the valley where two towns cozy up and view Michigan Tech University,Ripley Ski Hill, and old mining factories. Traveling eastward on the Portage Canal, passing by Torch Bay and Chassell Bay, you will encounter several boaters along the way fishing off Bootjack. As you enter into the South Canal, the immense open vastness of the bay gives way to the tiny confines of the canal. Homes dot along the western shore, and some islands on the eastern side just around the next bend is the first lighthouse.