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Fresh snow by the shore of Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan

A Destination for All Seasons

By Mike Borlee

Looking for an outlet to be able to breathe deeply and be revitalized by the freshest air on earth? Look no further than the best kept secret of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and immerse yourself in the history of the copper boom in this wild and wondrous place. Whether by snowmobile, ski, snowshoe or fat tire bike, Copper Harbor is waiting for you to explore miles of rugged back country trails and soak in the incredible scenic beauty.

Beloved by tourists and locals alike, a venture to the northern most point of Keweenaw County, MI is a “trip to the top of the world” as it holds the north bookend of US Hwy 41 (the south point lands in Florida) and has unmatched views of mother nature’s finest. If your visit us by sled you won’t be disappointed! Copper Harbor is part of the largest trail system in Michigan, comprised of 250 miles of groomed trails. Trails are open December 1st through April 1st (weather permitting) and with an average of 270 inches of annual snowfall, the trails are often blanketed in white and ready for adventure!

Copper Harbor Lighthouse in Michigan
Copper Harbor Lighthouse

When you’re ready to take a break, rest up and refuel, the local business owners are here to serve you through the winter months with many amenities available. Dining and lodging are available at The Mariner North (www.manorth.com), The Pines Resort & Restaurant (www.copperharborpines.com), and The Eagle Harbor Inn (www.eagleharborinnmi.com). Lodging is also available at Fanny Hooe Resort (www.fannyhooe.com) and at Trailside Lodge Motel & Copper Country Rentals (www.thetrailsidelodge.com) where a variety of rentals are waiting for you to hit the trails! 

Wondering where to fuel up? Conveniently located and easily accessible by all motors, Copper Harbor Fuel Stop (www.copperharborfuelstop.com) is here to supply you with gasoline, diesel and any trail supplies and accessories you may need. Finally, as you ride through town, whether it’s a last-minute holiday purchase or the hunt for post-season deals, pop into one of our many gift shops to find that something special to commemorate your visit! 

No matter the mode of transportation you choose, please plan ahead and visit www.copperharbor.org for the most recent updates. Tomorrow is too long to wait. Copper Harbor…where the road ends and adventure begins!

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