Lake Superior’s level is very low right now. Porter’s Island is accessible by foot at this time. There are few places where you have to rock hop but it is do-able. The lake does experience sache, an effect like the tide. The level can change quite a bit in just a few minutes. One notices this especially when looking for rocks to step on!
Lake Superior often gets wild and sprays the shoreline. When conditions are just so, icicles can form along the shore flora and conglomerate.
The Snowshoe and X-C Ski Trails have been groomed and tracked and in excellent condition. These are beautiful trails and there is a fresh layer of snow almost every day.
The Pileated woodpecker is a local, year round resident here in Copper Harbor. It is the largest North American woodpecker (besides the Ivory Billed, thought to be extinct) about the size of a crow. Their holes are unique in that they have squared off edges and rectangular holes rather than round, and of course, they are also very large.
This is some current work from a local woodpecker – The photo of the bird is not current, but is posted to show what the culprit looks like. It was taken here in Copper Harbor.
If you enjoy mushroom hunting, fall offers up some amazing fungi! Take a hike one of the many beautiful trails ~ Estivant Pines is a great place ~ and find numerous interesting mushrooms.
The trees have begun showing off their fall colors. Copper Harbor is always a little behind in the area and will experience a later peak than south of us. These photos are from today- October 3, 2011.