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Copper Harbor Run (Keweenaw Peninsula) + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Michigan Michigan70 Miles

By RoadDog
on December 1, 2007

4.3out of 5

11 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start at Houghton, MI (a destination to itself!) and head out on Route 203 (north) along Portage Lake through FJ McLain State Park. Continue on Route 203 (north) to Calumet, MI then take US 41 (north) to Phoenix, MI. Now take MI 26 (west) out of Phoenix along the Superior coastline through Eagle Harbor, then look for Brockway Mountain Drive on your right. Take the Brockway (with care) north up along the ridge towards Copper Harbor. This section of the road travels some 500 feet above the shoreline. Stop to take in the spectacular views! Proceed down into Copper Harbor for a bite to eat. Take US 41 back down south through the middle of the peninsula, or if you want a real adventure - take Mandan Road around the tip of the peninsula, and down to Bete Gris, to Gay and back along the backroads of the Southern Shoreline (back to Houghton).

Scenery

Riding the Ridge of the Keweenaw Peninsula to view vast overlooks of Lake Superior, as well as hugging the shoreline to see miles of beach and forest! There are sections of the road that travel some 500 feet above the Lake Superior shoreline and great places for you to stop and take in the spectacular views! You literally drive yourself to the end of the world.

Brockway Mountain Drive

Road Quality

US Highway 41, and State Highway 26, so the roads are well maintained. One exception is Brockway Mountain Drive - poor road quality, but the view is worth the struggle! Along this route you'll find miles of back roads to explore! Houghton MI Bridge

Roadside Amenities

End of the world here, but accustomed to the needs of tourists! Accommodations are available in-season, but fill up your tank in Houghton. Small restaurants scattered along the way, with a grand Lodge just outside of Copper Harbor!

Copper Harbor

Photo contributed by visitor in Nov 09: "Beautiful ride during early Sept, great ride."

Additional Info

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By Guest
on October 8, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is the most beautiful ride, outside of Colorado, I have done. The only reason it is not a ten is because Copper Harbor it's self has no cell signal and one limited houred gas station. Other than that it was perfect. I would just recommend not to hurry it is way to beautiful to waste. We did it September 11th weekend 2010 great weather and the leaves where already changing.

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By Guest
on January 30, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Done this before, but doing the Circle tour this year and are going to end at the Gay bar in Gay, MI the place is a hoot.

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By Guest
on January 26, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This was my first group ride. It was fantastic ! It was just as the leaves were turning. Scenery was spectacular, views were awesome and the roads were nice. There's a portion of the ride that reminded me of being on a roller coaster. 5-20 ft rises and declines, lefts and rights, some took my breath away. The views from above the shoreline are breath taking. A MUST to take the camera. I am planning another ride w/friends this summer

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By Me.z
on December 7, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Touring

I rode this route in my Lake Superior Circle Tour in 2014. It was rainy and foggy day, but still I enjoyed it a lot.
Nice scenery, Lots of curves.

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By hunts4beer
on January 27, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

Nice little ride. Make sure you stop at the monk run bakery right on the lake for the best blueberry muffin ever!

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By Guest
on August 30, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 95

Motorcycle Make BMW M3 (car, sorry)

Motorcycle Type Other

I went to MTU, this stretch is one of the most for roads to ride or drive. The 'best' route is to go north up 41 (starts getting good 11 miles from copper harbor when the speed limit goes from 55 to 45). The best stretch though by far is 26 west out of copper harbor to eagle river. Speed limit is 55, which you CANNOT maintain, and there is even a spot that you'll get a tire of the ground if you do 65. It's a ton of fun, and typically very little traffic (except for tourist season).

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By Great Dane
on August 16, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make BMW K1200GT

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

This was a very nice route. The scenery was great and the roads fun especially MI 26 by Eagle Harbor. Had fun chasing a Camaro SS through the curves. Copper Harbor is too touristy but the ride there was great.

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By Guest
on June 15, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Route 26 from or to Copper Harbor is beautiful, several places to stop along the water and take pictures. Beautiful copper colored rocks in and out of the water. Really nice mixture of woods and water on this road, which runs back into 41 on way back to Houghton.

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By Guest
on September 15, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

highway 41 is a canopy of tree and then take the Michigan 26 for a nice costal ride. The German restaurant has a great trout omelet. I will again be riding this area next year as part of the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

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By Guest
on August 13, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

2.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I've ridden most of the great roads and it really doesn't compare. The good thing about the U P is that there are a lot of pretty good roads but nothing I would call outstanding. We rode 2000 miles of Michigan roads, 4 days in the U P alone. I will admit there is alot to see, Lighthouses are really cool. Roads some good some bad.

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By Guest
on January 11, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great ride. Went in the mid September, little cool but a great ride. The ride to Copper Harbor had a canopy like ride with the trees over the road. The leaves were changing and it was beautiful. Had a great german reasturant in Copper Harbor right on the shore, great view and even better food and beer. Would recomend this ride, love to go again.

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