COPPER HARBOR, MICH. — Fall in Michigan’s remote Keweenaw Peninsula is already spectacular to behold, but this year the color tour possibilities are even greater.
In addition to the Keweenaw’s breathtaking Brockway Mountain Drive and scenic routes like M-26, M-203 and U.S. 41, unique color tours by air, water and chairlift are coming to the Copper Country this fall.
Peak color in the Keweenaw typically runs the last two weeks of September through the first two weeks of October, coming to the Lower Keweenaw areas of Houghton and Hancock earlier than Copper Harbor at the northern tip of the peninsula, according to VisitKeweenaw.com.
Read on for three fresh ways to experience fall color in Copper Country, as well as a selection of area fall festivals to put on your calendar.
Fall color seaplane tours: Beginning September 22, Isle Royale Seaplanes will offer 30-minute aerial tour that take passengers from the company’s Hancock base on the Portage Canal northward, with views near McLain State Park, up to Eagle River, across the Keweenaw Ridge to the top of Torch Lake and back to the canal for a water landing. The tours are $99 per person and are expected to be offered through October 20. For more: isleroyaleseaplanes.com
Scenic chairlift rides: Michigan Technological University’s Mont Ripley Ski Area will host its annual fall color chairlift rides on select weekends beginning September 24th with proceeds benefiting its volunteer ski patrol. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and free for children under the age of 12 riding with an adult. More info at blogs.mtu.edu/mont-ripley/
Scenic Keweenaw boat cruises: Keweenaw Boat Tours is offering scenic cruises of the Keweenaw Waterway for fall color season. The tours, lasting approximately 90 minutes, take passengers from Houghton along the Lower Portage Entry, with views of the Keweenaw landscapes and historic areas. Tours can accommodate groups of up to six passengers for $225. More details and reservation info at KeweneawBoatTours.com.
Keweenaw Fall Festivals: Fall festivals are filling up the Keweenaw seasonal calendar in the coming weeks; find more details at visitkeweenaw.com.
Cider making with Keweenaw County Historical Society, in Central, Mich. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, September 24
Harbor Haus Oktoberfest in Copper Harbor, Mich., 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 24
48th Annual Copper Country Color Bike Tour in Houghton, registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 24
Fall Fest in Downtown Houghton, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, October 1
South Range Octoberfest in South Range, Mich., 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, October 1