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Exploring Hunter's Point Park: A Gem of Copper Harbor

Exploring Hunters Point Park: A Gem of Copper Harbor:

Hunter's Point Park holds a special place in the hearts of Copper Harbor residents and visitors alike. Initially facing the threat of development, it was eventually preserved as a Township Park, ensuring continued public access to its natural beauty.

Location Nestled within Copper Harbor, Hunter's Point Park is about an hour’s drive north of The Lodge Luxury Suites, via US-41 N. The park spans 9.4 acres with 4,800 feet of shoreline along Lake Superior. Accessible from the Copper Harbor Marina or a designated parking area off North Coast Shores Road, it offers a serene escape for nature enthusiasts. Otters, martins, beavers, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and various other wildlife enjoy the area too. The basalt in this area is the oldest rock on earth-essentially, the earth’s crust.

Things to do at Hunter’s Point Park Rock Hunting

Renowned for its unique rock formations, Hunter's Point Park is a haven for rock-hunting

enthusiasts. Visitors often discover colorful agates and intriguing geological specimens along its

shores. Remember to “take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints!”

The park's geological formations, including basalt, offer a glimpse into Earth's ancient past.

Hiking

Traversing Hunter's Point Park is a delightful experience, with trails winding through forests and along Lake Superior and harbor shores. The trails are mostly flat, making for easy hiking or snowshoeing. Two trailheads provide access to the park, offering picturesque views of Copper Harbor and Porters Island. The North Beach and South Beach trails have connecting trails that provide many combinations of walking experiences, including a handicap-accessible boardwalk.


A newer 1.6-mile-long family-friendly biking and hiking trail runs between the Copper Harbor Welcome Center and the Hunter's Point Parking Lot.

Birdwatching

The Keweenaw Peninsula is a migrating bird magnet, and bird watching is an activity that can be enjoyed all year in Copper Harbor. With hundreds of species visiting, you won’t be

disappointed! Hunter's Point Park provides some especially excellent birdwatching

opportunities, especially during migration seasons. Songbirds often roost here before embarking

on their journey across Lake Superior. In addition to migrating birds, you can expect to see

some of these birds in the area year-round:

● American Black Duck

● American Goldfinch

● Bald Eagle

● Barred Owl

● Black-capped Chickadee

● Blue Jay

● Common Loon

● Common Raven

● Great Horned Owl

● Herring Gull

● Red-breasted Nuthatch

● Red-breasted Merganser

Popular Nearby Attractions

In addition to the natural beauty of Hunter's Point Park, Copper Harbor offers many other

popular attractions nearby. Whether you're seeking history, adventure, or tranquility, Copper

Harbor and its surrounding attractions have something for everyone to enjoy. Some options

include:

● Fort Wilkins State Park

● Copper Harbor Bike Trail System

● Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary

● Horseshoe Harbor

● High Rock Bay

Enjoy Hunter’s Point Park

Whether you are strolling along its tranquil shores, hunting for rocks, or observing migratory birds, this park offers a peaceful retreat for all who visit. So, next time you find yourself in Copper Harbor, don't miss the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Hunter's Point Park.


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