Lake Superior Beaches

Horseshoe Harbor

Level: Easy

This preserve, protected by the Nature Conservancy, is a beautiful and geologically interesting area. It is a short walk through the woods emerging along the Lake Superior shoreline. Horseshoe is located a couple miles east of Copper Harbor on the same shoreline. There is a large basalt outcropping that allows a great vista for viewing Lake Superior. The woodland birds are abundant with many nesting warblers and other songbirds. Bald eagles are often seen soaring along the shoreline while Common Loons pass by. In the evenings, enjoy the Hermit Thrush whose beautiful song can be heard nightly in summer.

Learn More: Mary McDonald Preserve at Horseshoe Harbor

Lake Superior Map

The Most Superior of the Great Lakes
The largest fresh-water lake in the world by surface area, Lake Superior has more volume of water than the other four Great Lakes combined along with that of two additional Lake Erie’s – truly Superior!
Learn more at: Lake Superior Map

Bete Grise

Bete Grise Bay, pronounced “Bay Deh Gree”, boasts a beautiful drive along the beach which dead ends at a channel with a view of the Mendota Lighthouse at the other side.The beach is sandy and is known for the “whispering sands”. Rub your hand over the sand and listen.

The Bete Gris South Preserve offers hiking, swimming and bird watching, It is located along the Gay-Lac La Belle Road. Learn more about the preserve at Keweenaw Land Trust


Hunter’s Point Park

Level: Easy

An absolute favorite special spot in the area, Hunter’s Point is one of the few “flat” areas around and allows for an easy hike or snowshoe along both the Lake Superior and Harbor shores. There are 2 Trail-heads to Hunter’s Point Park. One is just left of the boat launch at the Copper Harbor Marina and the other is further west of the marina with signs leading the way down North Coast Shores Road, which will take you to a parking area and a handicap accessible viewing boardwalk.

There are great birding opportunities on the point, especially during migration. Flora is abundant; wildflowers, lichen, mosses and cedars, hardwoods and pines. The geological formations are special on the point. The basalt in this area is the oldest rock on earth-essentially, the earth’s crust. It’s like a window to the past.
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