At the very northernmost point of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior, you might feel like you've reached the end of the earth. The most massive of the Great Lakes stretches to the horizon and countless waterfalls splash into the rivers along its shores. A unique geological history makes Copper Harbor a paradise for rock collectors, and its hills, shores, and waters provide numerous opportunities for skiing, hiking, and kayaking. It's also a great place to explore with your dog. While there are no veterinary clinics in this wild and rugged place, there are several in the nearby towns of Houghton and Hancock.
One of the best places to take your dog in Copper Harbor is Hunter's Point Park. Just outside of the downtown shopping area, this nine-acre park is situated on a spit of land that juts out into Lake Superior. You'll constantly have the lake in view as you navigate the groomed trail through the trees and wander down to the pebbly beaches. Your dog must remain on a leash but can come with you anywhere in the park, including up to the water's edge. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
As you and your pup stand on a high cliff and marvel at the setting sun beyond the sentinel pines, you'll know that this is a place you won't ever forget.