From Stannard Township Park we drove north on to the Keweenaw Peninsula to the northern town of Copper Harbor and the Lake Fanny Hooe Campground. The area was green and the weather was relatively cool for July. As one would expect the area does get a great deal of snow with a “snow thermometer” indicating the most snow in the area occurred in the Winter of 1978-79 with 390.4 inches of snow! That’s over 32.5 feet of snow! Below is a clipping of a Google map showing the location of Copper Harbor.
Location of Copper Harbor.
We thought we’d booked a full hookup site, however, somehow our reservation resulted in a $34.00 a night, 50amp, with water site without sewer, as with most of the Upper Penisula campgrounds, the sites did not have sewer service, they did have a dump station. They do have perhaps 15 full hookup sites, however, they were all filled. They also had the most “RULES” of any campground we visited. The detailed list of rules, as well as the numerous rule related signage throughout the facilities, was noticeable. We had no problems, however, one wonders why they felt the need for so many rules.
The resort area of the campground, which was across the street, had an excellent view of Lake Fanny Hooe.
A hiking trail on the northern shore of Lake Fanny provides a great view of the lake and leads to the state campground which is adjacent to Fort Wilkens. Fort Wilkens was very active while we were there with many visitors and reenactors. It was an interesting visit and free.
We also made a trip to the top of Brockway Mountain to view a sunset, which is a “not to be missed” view. Brockway Mountain Drive -claims to be the highest paved road between the Rockies and the Alleghenies. The drive up is about 10 miles. In the not too distant past, there was a home at the top, however, now there is nothing but signage and a parking lot at the top.
And of course, no trip to Copper Harbor would be complete without a visit to a Copper Mine. The copper mines have long ago played out in the Copper Harbor area, although you can occasionally find small pieces of what they call “float” copper on the shoreline.
We very much enjoyed our trip to Copper Harbor. It was a worthwhile adventure for us and we left feeling like we could have stayed a few more days. We headed south to Marquette as our next stop.