Summer in the Copper Country

Midsummer in the Copper Country is a beautiful time to explore the outdoors. There are spots to hike, bike, fish, paddle, and camp all over the Upper Peninsula, especially in the Keweenaw Peninsula. What were your favorite summer activities and locations? Comment below!

Summer image of the Michigan Technological University sign at the east end of campus.
Portage Lake Lift Bridge with flowers blooming in the foreground.
Summer photo of Portage Lake from Michigan Tech campus looking east.

7 Comments on "Summer in the Copper Country"

  • Manohar Jagasia
    July 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Very beautiful & the details provided are excellent- just enough-to keep people interested in the content.
    Thank you

  • Stephen Knapowski
    July 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Agate hunting anywhere near where the Lake Superior Traps are evident. Looking for copper in any old mine tailing piles. Camping at Keystone Bay. (I don’t believe access is possible any longer.) Fires at the Breakers. Swimming at Misery Bay when the wind is right.

  • Joe West
    July 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Some of my best summers were the ones up at Tech.

  • Kerry Irons
    July 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Picking wild strawberries along the old rail bed west of the top of Mt. Ripley, and then mixing them into ice cream! Same with wild blueberries along Sand Dunes Dr. Bike rides up to Copper Harbor on US 41 and then returning via M-26 through Eagle Harbor/River and Lake Linden/Dollar Bay. A long day in the saddle with some serious climbs and descents.

  • Greg Switek
    July 14, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Because I have lived for over three decades within a two hour drive of Houghton, there were many summer days spent at family owned property on the Portage. One strong memory comes when it was in the 90’s in Ironwood so my friend and I decided to travel to Copper Harbor where it was cool enough to be wanting more clothing than the shorts and tee shirts we were wearing. Another time my son and I bicycled to the top of Quincy Hill on our tandem with the intent of riding to Calumet and back. I poured rain on us all the way back to campus where our car was parked and by the time we loaded the bike, the rain had stopped. I guess that we either started too late or too early.

  • Pete Jurczak
    July 14, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Hiking on Isle Royale National Park.

  • Jeff Dillon
    July 14, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Prior to 1970, Civil Engineering students were required to take an 18 credit surveying class that was only offered in the summer. Normally I would have been back home in the summer, trying to earn enough money to cover tuition for the next school year. Planning to graduate in December 1969, I waited until the summer of 1969 to take the surveying class. I always recall that as the best summer of my life, especially when I hear Bryan Adams Summer Of ’69 on the radio. Perfect weather, long daylight hours and the fact that I was over 21 and could legally consume a beer all contributed to a summer of joy & fun.

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