Keweenaw dominates magazine poll

HOUGHTON – There are 917 miles of Lake Superior shoreline in Michigan, all of it in the Upper Peninsula. According to the readers of Lake Superior Magazine, the relatively small portion of that shoreline that makes up the Keweenaw Peninsula contains most of what there is to do, see, cruise and taste on the Michigan side of the Big Lake.

In its September issue, Lake Superior Magazine published its annual “Best of the Lake” readers’ choice awards.

The awards are given in several categories in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario, the states and province with Lake Superior shoreline. Voting was done both by magazine ballots and online. Of the 12 categories listed, Copper Country businesses or locations finished in the top two in all but one category and took the top spot in 10 of the 12.

Readers picked Copper Harbor and the Keweenaw Peninsula as the best place for a day outside. Runner-up was the city of Marquette. If that day outside involves swimming, the Keweenaw has no competition. Bete Grise Beach, near Lac La Belle, nabbed the top spot as Best Swimming Beach followed by Eagle Harbor’s Great Sand Bay.

Nearby Brockway Mountain was named Best Public Lake-View Spot, followed by Marquette’s Presque Isle.

In the category of Best On-The-Water Experience, the nationally-recognized Pictured Rocks Cruises in Munising, could only muster runner-up status, bowing to the Isle Royale Queen of the Isle Royale Ferry Line which takes visitors to Isle Royale from Copper Harbor and back.

The “Queen” and its dock in Copper Harbor grace the cover of the September edition as well.

The magazine’s readers favor the Keweenaw when it comes to food and drink. Peterson’s Fish Market on Quincy Hill was named Best Smoked Fish and Copper Harbor’s Harbor Haus took the top spot for Best Upscale Dining.

The Ambassador Restaurant in Houghton tied the Vierling in Marquette as Best Casual Dining, with Fitzgerald’s in Eagle Harbor finishing second.

Houghton’s Keweenaw Brewing Company won the Best Locally Made Brew category.

Calumet’s Copper World was named Best Spot to Find a Regional Gift; the Zero Degrees Artist Gallery in Marquette was runner-up.

Finally, the voting in the Best Information Center category resulted in a tie between the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Calumet Visitor Center and the Keweenaw Convention and Bureau’s Visitor Center in Calumet.

The only category in which the Keweenaw was shut out was Best Shoreline to Stroll, won by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore followed by the Marquette waterfront.

To view the complete results, including the winners and runners-up from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario visit