Top 10 Outdoor Activities in the UP

10. Hiking

Take a hike to Bare Bluff, or Mount Baldy. Walk up to the Hungarian Falls or walk along the beaches of Lake Superior. Pack a lunch, and spend some time at the Estivant Pines or Hunter's Point in Copper Harbor. The Copper Country has tons of options for hiking. 

9. Fishing

Fish for walleye and pike on Portage Lake, Torch Lake and Chassell Bay. Try brook trout fishing on the number of small trout streams in the area. Take a charter boat and try your luck on Lake Superior for lake trout and salmon. You might even find a secret spot of your own.

8. Paddleboarding & Kayaking

Rent a paddle and board or kayak from a local shop and head to the beach. It's relaxing. And a surprisingly envigorating work-out! Even more leisurely: paddle down the Sturgeon River on a sunny afternoon. Stop midway on the banks of the river, stretch, and have a picnic. Is this the good life, or what? 

7. Snowshoeing

When the snow falls, pick up your snowshoes and get outdoors! No experience or know-how necessary. We reccomend a warm beverage enjoyed slowly in an armchair by a fireplace upon returning. 

6. Looking for Rocks

Rock hounders find agates of all sizes on the many miles of Lake Superior beaches. You can also find various copper pieces in the old rock piles that lie near old mines.

5. Camping

Visit one of the UP's national forests, state parks, or campgrounds. Make it a weekend trip or just spend a night at McLain State Park in Hancock. The cities of Hancock and Houghton also have campgrounds close by, or, if you're feeling a little adventurous, find a spot off the beaten-path and set up your tent for some "rugged" camping.

4. Boating

The Copper County is a boater's paradise. Spend an afternoon or evening on the Portage Canal that connects you to Lake Superior on both ends. Go fishing, waterskiing, tubing or just take a relaxing cruise to your favorite downtown restaurant.

3. Swimming

Jump into the Devil's Washtub in Copper Harbor or off the breakwall in McLain State Park or White City. Find a hidden beach off by Redright Dam. Dry off and relax with a good book at Houghton or Hancock Beack. Ahh, the good life. 

2. Biking

The whole Upper Peninsula is enowned for its biking trails! Copper Harbor, at the tip of the UP, is one of the best mountain biking destinations in America. You can also take in the singletrack trails at Michigan Tech, Churning Rapids and Swedetown.

1. Skiing & Snowboarding

Whether it's downhill or cross-country, the Copper Country has some of the world's best skiing. Cross country trails in Calumet, Chassell, Hancock and Houghton are available for all skill levels. Mount Bohemia offers the second-highest vertical drop in the Midwest and has the best backcountry skiing in the state. Skiers and snowboarders can also hit the slopes at Mont Ripley, overlooking the canal and Portage Lake Lift Bridge.