Copper Harbor is a small unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in Grant Township in northeastern Keweenaw County, in the Keweenaw Peninsula that juts from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan into Lake Superior. The town's name alludes to the former use of its harbor as a port for shipping copper mined from local deposits during the mid-19th century. That economic activity no longer exists, and the town's harbor is most used for recreational use and for a ferry that connects Isle Royale National Park to northern Michigan.
The town is in an area of spectacular scenery; it is the northern terminus of U.S. Highway 41 and the eastern terminus of Michigan State Highway 26. Both approaches to Copper Harbor, the shore-hugging M-26 from Eagle Harbor and the more inland, rugged US-41 afford dramatic views, as does the Brockway Mountain Drive overlook. Nearby is Fort Wilkins State Historical Park, a restored 19th-century frontier army base originally built to protect the port in the early years of the copper mining boom.
The Copper Harbor Lighthouse is situated at the opening of the harbor. Copper Harbor is at 47°28'08" north latitude and 87°53'18" west longitude. The ZIP code is 49918 and the FIPS place code is 18100.
Web Sites and Links
Aurora StudiosPhotography and imaging services. Offers a gallery of local scenic images, prints, and photo restoration.
Bella Vista MotelCabins, cottages, and motel units on the lakefront. Contact and reservation information.
Copper Harbor Lighthouse ToursOne of Michigan's oldest lighthouses. Offers a scenic boat tour and online gift shop.
Copper Harbor, MichiganOutlining things to do, businesses, events, and organizations.
Exploring Copper Harbor, MichiganPlaces to go and stay, things to see and do in the Copper Harbor Michigan area.
Fort WilkinsA well-preserved example of a mid-19th century military post near Copper Harbor on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Michigan's first commercial copper mine shafts, an 1848 lightkeeper's dwelling and the 1866 Copper Harbor lighthouse are also interpreted as part of the complex.
Harbor Hide Away Motel and Finnish Sauna HouseFeatures cozy rooms and a Finnish Sauna House. Campsites with water and electric hookups for campers and bathroom and shower facilities for the tent campers.
North Port MotelDescription and photographs of the rooms and grounds, rates and area attractions.
Recreation in the Copper Harbor AreaMichigan recreation in the Upper Peninsula at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior.
The Brockway InnLocated at the base of Brockway Mountain, offers year round lodging and information about local activities and attractions.
The North StationA gift shop located in Copper Harbor, specializing in locally made Upper Peninsula items and souvenirs.