Keweenaw National Historical Park Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Calumet. Detailed guide of Keweenaw National Historical Park
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Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Calumet
Copper mining has taken place on the Keweenaw Peninsula for 7,000 years, and many of the processes developed within these parklands were fundamental to the success of mining in the United States. Here, 1,870 acres of private land are split in two units: Quincy, home of the world s largest steam hoist, and Calumet, home of one of the most productive copper mines in world history. In addition to self-guided historic tours, there are scenic drives, hiking trails, and ski and snowmobile tracks for exploring. A trackless trolley makes stops around the Calumet unit, while tour boats ply the Keweenaw waterway in summer. There are no federal facilities in either section, but the Keweenaw Tourism Council and cooperating sites do provide information. The park was established on October 27, 1992.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bicycling, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, touring fort, mines, museums, and historic buildings. Facilities: No National Park Service facilities. Keweenaw Tourism Council (Houghton, Calumet), beach, outdoor interpretive exhibits, museum, hiking trails. Tips & Hints: Go early in day July and Aug. to buy tickets for Quincy mine tour. Plan to spend three days to visit all cooperating sites. Go late Sept.-early Oct. for fall foliage. Expect snow between Thanksgiving and Easter. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. In Hancock: Hancock Campground (Rte. 203, tel. 906/482-7413; 88 sites; $8-$ 14; flush toilets, showers, hookups; closed Nov.-Apr). Backcountry camping in Porcupine Mountains (permit required, see below). S Hotels: None in park. In Calumet: Americlnn Lodge & Suites (56925 S. 6th St., tel. 906/337-6463; 68 rooms, 15 suites; $83, $113 suites), Arcadian Acres Motel (51950 U.S. 41, tel. 906/482-0288; 13 rooms; $35-$45), Oak Street Inn (808 Oak St., tel. 906/337-7337; 2 suites; $125). X Restaurants: None in park. In Calumet: The Hut Inn (58540 U.S. 41, tel. 906/337-1133; $5-$10; closed Moil), Jims Pizza & Family Restaurant (117 6th St., tel. 906/ 337_4440; $2-$7), Michigan House (300 6th St., tel. 906/337-1910; $4-$14; closed Wed.). cS Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Houghton: Down Wind Sports (308 Sheldon Ave., tel. 906/482-2500). In Hancock: Keweenaw Co-Op Natural Foods & Groceries (1035 Ethel Ave., tel. 906/482-2030).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fees to cooperating sites vary. Quincy mine and hoist tour: $12.50 adults, $7 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and under. Permit required for backcountry camping at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness state Park ($9 per night). Motor vehicle pass ($4 daily, $20 annually) required for Fort Wilkins, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, and McLain state parks.
HOW TO GET THERE
Quincy: 1 mi north of Hancock via U.S. 41; Calumet: 8 mi north of Quincy via U.S. 41. Directions available from Keweenaw Tourism Council. Closest airport: Houghton (6 mi).
Keweenaw National Historical Park (25970 Red Jacket Rd., Box 471, Calumet, MI 49913, tel. 906/337-3168, fax 906/337-3169,). Keweenaw Tourism Council (56638 Calumet Ave.,
Keweenaw National Historical Park Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in Calumet. Detailed guide of Keweenaw National Historical Park Upper Peninsula of Michigan