Explore the shores of Lake Superior in the western U.P.

A trip to Ontonagon County and the Keweenaw Peninsula isn’t complete without a visit to the shores of Lake Superior. Some of the region’s most breathtaking views can be found from these northern beaches and lighthouses.

Get out on the water with a canoe or kayak rental at Porcupine Mountain Outpost, located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Canoes and one- or two-person kayaks can be rented for two hours, four hours or a full day.

Traveling with kids? Head to Houghton, and the Chutes and Ladders playground at Houghton Waterfront Park will keep your young ones entertained for hours. There is also public water access for kayaks and sailboats, so there’s something for everyone.

Looking for a spot to relax? Union Bay in the Porcupine Mountains offers two miles of shoreline open to the public, and it’s a great place to take a walk or cozy up with a book for an afternoon. For even more spectacular views of Lake Superior and the Keweenaw shoreline, visit the Ontonagon Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Michigan, and take a tour all the way to the top. If you’re up for more sightseeing, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is the place to go. Constructed in 1851, the lighthouse is still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Looking for lodging? Book your summer stay today in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County.

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