Copper Harbor is a small harbor on a big lake, the biggest in the world for that matter, Lake Superior. The big lake offers great views, amazing sunsets, passing freighters, superb fishing, lighthouses and more. So much fun! And as wonderful as it is, one always has to be ready for the weather to change and possibly change quickly. Planning ahead is a necessity when venturing out on Lake Superior.
In addition to the big lake there are several really special inland lakes. They are perfect for launching your boat and enjoying scenery, nature and of course, fishing. Lake Fanny Hooe, Lake Medora, Lake Bailey and Lac La Belle are all close by and ready to make your boat day.
Boat Launch : Gasoline
Home to a full service marina offering a multiple pier docking area, diesel gas, electricity, water, ice, bathrooms, showers, parking, telephones, and a public boat launch. The marina is administered by Fort Wilkins State Park.
Phone: 906-289-4966 | M-26 just west of Copper Harbor proper.
Boat Launch : Marina
Just 15 minutes from Copper Harbor on the “south shore,” next door to Mount Bohemia, Lac La Belle is one of the largest inland lakes in the Keweenaw. On northeast side of the lake there is a state marina and boat launch, gas and additional dockage — plus some mighty good fishing, boating and paddling. Lac La Belle is linked directly to Lake Superior via a man-made channel maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and offers access to the BIG LAKE, while at the same time providing a beautiful harbor of refuge in wetland sloughs.
Located on the other side of the Keweenaw fault from Copper Harbor, the topography of this area is quite different than the “north shore,” with layers of beautiful marbled sandstone. Lac La Belle, meaning beautiful lake, is the name of the lake and the town, while the Gay-Lac La Belle Road is very scenic with many roadside parks to enjoy.
Nicknamed the “doughnut” lake, Lake Bailey is located on M-26 about 10 miles west of Copper Harbor. A public boat launch is on the lake’s eastern end. This lakes shallow and marshy nature is very scenic and a waterfowl haven. The large island in the lake’s center is accessible for day use by the public.
Boat Launch : Fishing Dock
Just a mile from downtown Copper Harbor, boaters and paddlers may access the public boat launch at nearby Fort Wilkins State Park (note: a Michigan Recreational Passport or day use permit is required for entry). Lake Fanny Hooe (pronounced “ho”) is a long, skinny lake, approximately two miles long by one quarter mile wide. Highlights include the historic military outpost at Fort Wilkins and uninhabited State Park property along the majority of the south shore. Go fishing, swimming, paddling and more, while enjoying the amazing scenery and wildlife along this lake.
Located just a mile south of town, this pristine, tiny lake warms up quickly and hosts the only sand beach in immediate proximity to Copper Harbor. It’s great on a hot summer day for swimming amidst on and in water recreating. Picnic tables and pit toilets are available too.
There is a trail along the shore of the lake and depending on the lake level, goes around the lake. The habitat in this area makes for great bird and wildlife watching. Eagles fish, loons hunt and you may see otters dining on crayfish in the lake.
Note: parking space is limited.
Just four miles south of Copper Harbor on US Hwy 41, this Canadian-like lake has a number of islands, scenic mountain views and is known to have some good fishing. Several of the islands are open to the public, however users need to respect the majority of the shoreline, as it is privately owned. It’s a beautiful lake that is perfect for paddling, fishing, boating and watching wildlife. There is a parking area and public boat launch for boating access.
About eight miles east of Copper Harbor, on the State Forest land near the tip of the peninsula, boaters, anglers and paddlers will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access its remote locale or be willing to portage for several miles.
This uninhabited lake is great for its solitude, its fishing and is known for its island. Primitive camping is allowed on the lake’s shore, although a user permit, available for no fee, must be obtained from Ft. Wilkins State Park. Camping is prohibited on Schlatter’s Island, although day use is permitted.