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The Keweenaw Peninsula

When it comes to the Keweenaw Peninsula, you can think globally. It's a feature unique to our globe, a rugged peninsula that juts into the largest freshwater lake in the world. It's here you'll find rare plants in boreal forests and bogs, thimbleberries and sand dunes, black bears and white-tailed deer, blizzards and northern lights and, measuring in at more than a billion years, some of the oldest exposed bedrock on the planet. Rare coastal wetlands, extensive cobble beaches, exposed bedrock, and white sands along the Lake Superior shoreline provide habitat for herons, eagles, amphibians, and other rare or endangered species.

The region's cultural and geological history contributes to its uniqueness. Relics from the copper mining days, unique architecture that reflects the climate and the heritage of the immigrant population that worked in the mines, small family farms, and commercial fishing communities help form the rich texture of the area. Understanding our shared heritage has helped make the Keweenaw a destination for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Recreation is an important part of living in the region. Rock hounding, skiing and snowshoeing, berry picking, hiking, bird watching, walking on the beaches, and a simpler, slower pace contribute to the quality of life in the Copper Country. Tourism has supplanted resource extraction as one of the main drivers of the region's economy, fueling a renaissance in conservation and land protection to keep our limited environmental resources safe for future generations to visit and explore.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is connected in many ways to the story of the greater Western Upper Peninsula. With dense forests stretching for tens of thousands of square miles, the Western U.P. is a woodsman's dream. Both motorized and non-motorized trails abound, connecting far-flung places across the region and introducing visitors to remote corners of the area that are otherwise unseen. Hundreds of inland lakes dot the area, providing excellent habitat for migratory waterfowl including loons, cranes, and others. The healthy, scenic rivers that course across the landscape are home to a diverse assemblage of fish and macroinvertebrates and offer excellent opportunities for canoe trips down their wild traverses.

We are proud to call this region home and help protect its special places for everyone to enjoy.

 
 

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