A Gorge to Remember – Manganese Gorge

We first encountered Manganese Falls in winter of 2012 when we ventured to Copper Harbor for the first time.  We couldn’t see the waterfall very well but we taken aback by the beauty of the gorge below. Where everything outside the gorge was covered in white snow, inside the gorge greenery thrived and the only sign of winter was the massive icicles. Continue reading “A Gorge to Remember – Manganese Gorge”

Camping in the Keweenaw: Fort Wilkins State Campground

Not only does Fort Wilkins Historic State Park offer camping and day use facilities, but it also features an 1844 military outpost.  If that isn’t enough, it also contains one of the first lighthouses built on Lake Superior.

There is plenty of activities to do here, including biking, fishing, hiking, swimming, cross-country skiing, and wildlife watching. The hiking trail, Fort Wilkins Foot Trail, is 4.0 miles long and is open to a variety form of traffic.

There are three options for camping at the historical park, including a cabin, a group use area, and a modern campground made up of 159 campsites.

Overall, this is a nice family campground but not a great option if you prefer a rustic style of camping like we do.

Pines, Waterfalls and Mines!

Estivant Pines Sanctuary

In 1971 Lauri Leskinen published an article in the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette called The Last Stand. It addressed protecting “one of the last stands of virgin pines in the Midwest” from the lumber industry. This article paired with photographs of loggers cutting down the pines taken by Charles Eshback, started a movement known as “Save the Pines” and by August 17, 1973 the Michigan Nature Association received a copy of the deed to the area where these massive trees resided. So began the sanctuary.

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Camping in the Keweenaw: McLain State Park

McLain State Park

Located outside of Hancock on Lake Superior, McLain State Park provides a beautiful, scenic campground.

Activities at the park include fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, and hiking. We spent the first part of our stay here checking out the beach and lighthouse.

Options available for camping include a Rustic Cabin for $60 per night or the modern campground for $26 or $16 per night. The campground is also pet-friendly.

One of our favorite parts of this campground was the view of Lake Superior. There were some nice high spots that overlook the lake and provide amazing views of the setting sun. It was the most peaceful evening of our trip.

A Day in the Keweenaw

Eagle River Falls

Eagle River Falls

Eagle River Falls was our first waterfall in the Keeweenaw. It is on the site of the original Lake Superior Fuse Company, located along the south side of M-26 as it enters the village of Eagle River. The falls pours over the remains of a 60 foot tall dam. We have seen this waterfall twice now and both times it had none to little water flow. Perhaps in the spring time it might be an impressive waterfall. Due to the ugliness of the dam remains, the low water flow and overall boring surroundings, I don’t recommend this as a stop.

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