Copper Harbor is on EASTERN STANDARD TIME.
*Hours are subject-to-change slightly depending on what the weather dictates… please call ahead of time if you are reliant upon us being open.*
While walk-ins are always welcome, all tours and rentals require a reservation at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability.
Due to COVID-19 this year, we STRONGLY encourage you to book ahead of time (especially for MTB shuttles), and sign your waivers online prior to arrival.
NOTE: We always try to accommodate reservations made less than 24 hours in advance, depending on availability of equipment and guides, if applicable.
Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour or lesson. No refunds for cancellations made less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour or lesson. All sea kayak tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
NOTE: Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a kayak trip. Customers often find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
Bike, Canoes, SUPs and Sit-on-Top Kayak Rentals: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled tour. No refunds for cancellations made less than 24 hours of the scheduled tour.
Sea Kayak Rentals: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 72 hours of the scheduled rental. A 50% cancellation fee applies if made less than 72 hours of the scheduled rental.
SEA KAYAKING: All sea kayak tours are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions.
While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of tour cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
NOTE: Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a kayak trip. Customers often find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in a heavy downpour or if thunderstorms are present.
BIKING: While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of rental cancellations due to unsafe riding conditions, such as thunder/lightening/downpour.
NOTE: Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a rental. The trails can be riden in the rain, with excellent drainage and erosion control.
Mid-to-late June and early July the bugs are not the best… That being said, when paddling out on the water or riding through the woods, the bugs have a hard time keeping up with you when you’re moving about!
r Safety is always our number one priority, and we have an excellent safety record.
All of our Sea Kayak guides have taken the Instructional Development Workshop through the American Canoe Association for coastal sea kayaking. Some our mountain bike guides have certification in Mountain Bike Instruction.
Our senior kayak guides and overnight trip leaders have completed the Instructional Certification Exam for coastal sea kayaking.
All of our guides (kayak and mountain bike) either possess a valid Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification or a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.
All of our staff members have certification in CPR.
Several of our staff have degrees in Outdoor Recreation and Management.
At the beginning of each season, employees undergo company staff training, 1-3 days in duration depending on their position, to prepare for the season.
To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the items listed below with you. NOTE: Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory because of Lake Superior’s cold water and we provide them for all of our clients.
The alternative to these requirements is to simply go on a guided tour where none of the aforementioned would apply. NOTE: Recreational sit-on-top kayak use is restricted to the area’s inland lakes with no pre-requisites needed prior.
Our canoes are recreational-type models and are rented for use on the inland lakes of the mainland and inside a restricted area within Copper Harbor. We do not rent canoes for use on Isle Royale, however, we do rent sea kayaks for adventurers seeking a coastal Island experience.
The disclaimer for the Copper Harbor Trails system is that roughly 75% the is rated “Intermediate” and only 10% as “Easy” — the remaining percent being “Advanced” and “Expert” only.
That said, there are a plenty of two-track dirt roads, old logging roads and gravel pathways not part of the single-track trail system, which make for great novice level mountain biking. There are crushed gravel trails out to Hunter’s Point, Lake Fanny Hooe, and Fort Wilkins State Park, and short, easy single-track trails that connect to more advanced trails in the network. Premier destinations in the area that are local favorites include Horseshoe Harbor, Estivant Pines and Manganese Falls — all of which are accessible by a series of paved and/or dirt roads.
Again, about 3/4 of our trails are intermediate level trails. Considering the elevation gain of the area, about 700ft vertical, they are a little more advanced than flat land intermediate trail networks.
There are two high points in the trails network: Brockway Mountain Drive and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Trails stemming from the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge are the original, hand-built trails that contain more bedrock and roots providing for a rugged riding experience. Trails stemming from Brockway Mountain Drive are machine built trails that are smoother and have more flow than others. If planning on riding to either summit, it is recommended to ride the two-way trails up to the top and NOT ride the roads. Brockway Mountain Drive has a very steep grade and sharp hairpin turns and US 41 does not have a shoulder to provide much protection from traffic.
We would certainly be happy to look at a map with you upon arrival so as to guide you in the best direction for your level of riding!
There is no charge to ride the trails. If you ride the trails and enjoy your experience, donations to support their maintenance and development by the non-profit Copper Harbor Trails Club are appreciated! Maps of the trail system are also sold as a revenue source to support the trails.
Directly across the street! Not too far at all…
The trails are sustainably built on rocky terrain and soils that drain well. There are numerous boardwalks, bridges and armored sections that address any areas of concern. The trails have seldom ever closed during wet conditions and are open most all of the time when raining and/or after the spring thaw and trails have been declared open-for-the-season. Riders should, however, exercise extreme caution on boardwalks and exposed bedrock, as they do become slippery when wet. That all said, our Mountain Bike Shuttle service runs rain or shine!
The “best time” to ride is relative to every rider who visits. The fact that we are so far north, provides cool weather most of the summer with temperatures topping out at 80oF in July. Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day are the most popular weekends in Copper Harbor and also on the trails. The first week or two before Memorial day is quiet and cool; the weeks following Memorial Day are also quite quiet and a little warmer. June usually proves to be mild in temperature. July and August tend to be the most popular months in Copper Harbor because temperatures peak and Lake Superior is warm enough to swim in. After Labor Day, the town becomes relatively quiet again with exception to weekends. The climate often drops temperature and more rain storms come through. The first half of October is when the Fall colors are in their prime. Riding through Orange, Red and Yellow forest is a real treat!
Our Mountain Bike Shuttle has scheduled service times on Saturday/Sunday afternoons all season long, and Fridays/Tuesday evenings from the 1st week of June until the last week of August. Additional BONUS shuttle days are announced regularly on our Facebook page.
Due to COVID-19, we have reduced capacity and a daily “cap” on the shuttle and STRONGLY encourage you to reserve online to guarantee availability.
Please visit our Mountain Bike Shuttle webpage for most accurate, updated schedule