The water of Bete Gris Bay [on the ] is gin-clear,
and sandstone boulders 20 feet below look as they’re just under the surface.
I have the uncanny sense that I’m floating on air. We needle through an obstacle course of
red-rock boulders and 50-foot sea stacks sprouting trees from the tops-like giant terra-cotta flower pots. Eventually, we arrive at the mouth of the Montreal River, a wall of amber water roiling furiously into the big lake. We ease in as close as we dare, our boats dipping in the froth.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Originally founded in 1843 during the great copper boom of the 1800’s, Copper Harbor has long held a maritime significance as the largest natural harbor in the northern Keweenaw Peninsula where ships have taken refuge from Lake Superior’s furious storms.
Today the same crystal clear waters allow paddlers to see to depths of nearly 20’ below, including sights of rocky shoals, reefs and even the remnants of several shipwrecks. The Keweenaw is home to some of the oldest exposed rock in the world and was originally formed by ancient volcanoes.
This makes the rocky shorelines, barrier islands and sudden drop offs comparable to what one might find in the Hawaiian Islands. The “mountains” by Midwestern standards are something you’d not expect to find this part of the country…it’s a geologists dream!