We took off for a day of exploring the Kenweenaw County area. We are camped on the Kenweenaw Bay so we headed North along Lake Superior to make a circle of the Peninsula.
This takes you along the Portage Lake Waterway and inland toward the towns of Hancock and Houghton. The Portage Lake Waterway was vital to this area at the height of the copper mining operations of the 1870's. The area was full of copper and had a 'copper rush' much like the gold rush of Alaska. The sister towns of Hancock and Houghton grew our of the copper rush. Houghton is the home of Michigan Technology University. Hancock houses Finlaner University.
The two towns are seperated by a very large lift bridge. The double deck lift span will raise to a heights of 100 ft above the water.
The northern most point of the island is Copper Harbor. Here we visited Fort Wilkins State Park. The Fort was established to keep peace amoung the miners. It has been restored much to how it was in the 1870's.
We drove back south on the northern side of the peninsula. We were too late for the last ferry to Copper Island Lighthouse. We stopped at Eagle Harbor and went through the light house there. There are many many lighthouses along this peninsula.
It was a long day.... check out our pictures.