Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Enjoying Fall in the Keweenaw

There's no better time to experience the Keweenaw than when the leaves are peaking in the fall. We went out to snap some photos in our area 9 days ago. We feel so blessed to live in an area where we still have roads like this one that leads to Gratiot Lake.

I obviously couldn't show you the road only. Here's the shoreline of Gratiot Lake taken from the boat launch.

Looking back toward our vehicle for the next shot. There was an empty trailer hitched to the gray truck in the background - meaning that there must have been a boat out on the lake at that time - but I never saw it. 

Gratiot Lake seemed perfectly quiet - except for one loon floating in the distance that was making occasional dives below the water. Note the small blue arrow pointing to the loon! (You can click on the photo to see a larger version.)

We decided to head to Copper Harbor next, so we made our way up Hwy 41.

It's always a lovely drive under the canopy of trees.

Although we did drive through town, our main goal in Copper Harbor was to take in the spectacular colorful view from Brockway Mountain. Here's looking one way. . .

and the other.

When we go up to the top of Brockway Mountain, we usually see other vehicles; but the fall color tour traffic is the worst. I know - not much to complain about! Right?

These stone barriers (constructed as a WPA project during the depression) are the only things between you and a huge drop off. It's a little unnerving on windy days. Hang on to your toddlers!

We hated to leave, but it was time to head for home. We drove back down the mountain and made our way down Hwy 26 - taking the long way home through Eagle River in order to enjoy the the Lake Superior shoreline a bit longer. We stopped at the falls in Eagle River to check the color there. Not as much water flowing at this time of year.

We also stopped at Ten Foot Falls for one last photo opportunity. I love the orange bed of pine needles among the tree roots. Such a tranquil spot.

All is well in the Keweenaw.


  1. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! We didn't make it to the Keweenaw this year so I enjoyed seeing it through your lens.

    1. You're welcome, Pam! It was a strange color season. The bright reds popped early in August. Then, we had little to no change for most of September. Next came the oranges, golds, and browns; and the bright yellows finally seemed to peak last week. It almost felt like summer at times last week, but we saw a few snowflakes once or twice today. Yes, I said snow!


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