Sep 18-08

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2008: September: Sep 18-08
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Photos by David Woon
Mouth of Jacob's Creek    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by David Woon

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 05:06 am:

David Woon recently adventured to the mouth of Jacob's Creek, to see where the flowing water actually joins the Big Lake. Most of us are more familiar with photos of Jacob's Creek Falls...

Jacob's Creek Falls
So, it's nice to view an additional feature of this familiar Keweenaw attraction. If you're looking for directions to get to the spot where David took the top two photos, I can't help you with that, except of course to tell you it's somewhere downstream from the falls and obviously on the opposite side of M-26 too. :->

Look at all those Superior rocks scattered around the creek outlet... I wonder if there are any agates amongst them?
Smfwlk (Trollperson) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 05:14 am:

A rock hunter paradise.....thanks for the pics!

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 06:25 am:

is this the little creek that is near the Jampot?
lucky monks !!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 06:48 am:

Sure is!

By Carole (Carole) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:03 am:

The minute I seen those pictures I knew exactly where it was. Have some real pleasant memories of that area. How I miss it, but will be there a week from Sunday. Can't come soon enugh.

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:09 am:

LOL...EXACTLY what I thought...."Hmmm...wonder if there's agates in there!"

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:39 am:

When I was younger, a LOT younger, my grandpa had a good friend from his younger days and this friend wanted to go fishing. It was my grandpa, my uncle and my grandpas friend and me. I thought we were going out on a pier or on a boat. The spot he took us to was across the road from Jacobs Creek. We went walking through woods, through mud, climbing across fallen trees to get to that certain spot, that certain spot that you knew for sure nobody else knew about. It was hidden deep in the woods. Well, I did not want to find that 'magical' spot and decided to go back to the car. My grandpa told me to just listen for the sound of the waterfall and go towards it. After awhile I did not hear the sound of the water and started yelling for someone to come and get me. I was told to sit there and they would get me on the way out. I sat down against a tree and my mind started to get the best of me. I started to think about bears and critters. Then I started yelling for someone to come and get me. My grandpa got me and took me back to the car. He was my hreo.
The Jampot use to sell different breads at one time, too.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 08:02 am:

I tried following this creek down to the lake, but the under-growth became so thick, I could not get through.

By J T (Jtinchicago) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 09:10 am:

Ms. Drew:

Does have any photos of the water damaged motel that was/is across the highway when Jacobs creek washed out M-26 in the late 60's or early 70's?

I think that was Jacobs creek.


Mary says: JT ~ Not that I'm aware of. Maybe someone out there has some in a shoebox and can send them to Charlie at: or myself at:

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:39 am:

My brother the rock hound will tell you that there are agates there.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:45 am:

Its peaceful. No wonder the monks chose that spot.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 11:11 am:

Mickell, that is what grampas are for. We drop whatever we are doing to help the grandkids. Happy birthday Fran in Georgia.

By David A Jones (Jonesey65244) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 11:33 am:

I see a swing of some sort in the top picture, and what appears to possibly be a picnic table. Is this someone's private paradise?

Great shot no matter what! Thank you.


By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 11:40 am:

When I could walk, that was one of our favorite beach walks. There is a spot just to the east of the monks' where you can get down to the beach and walk west for about a quarter mile to Jacob's Creek. Across the creek, up in the woods, there is a very nice, smooth walking trail, and in the sandy soil above the beach, there are huge plots of pink ladyslippers that bloom in the late spring. Don't ask how I found them. Ah, the memories...

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 11:43 am:

Oh, yes, just east of the mouth of Jacob's Creek, back in the woods a bit, was (or maybe still is) a tiny A-frame cottage. The swing and picnic table probably belong to it. I have no idea who owns it, or whether it is still used.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 12:37 pm:

Sharon...thanks for the info.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 01:59 pm:

For those of you who wonder what is above the falls on M-26 hiking up Jacobs Creek, I included one of many shots the Dr. and I took in 2007 of our excursion up the creek (without a paddle, of course ;-) all the way to the Copper Falls Road. I must warn that this is not a hike for the weak; know your limitations before attempting this one....

my picture

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 02:27 pm:

Oh, and to answer your question Mary and Donna. YES, there are agates down there.......

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:13 pm:


Hey Mary....AGATES!!!

Mary says: Hey Donna, I heard that too!! Let's get together with a few refreshments and do some picking! :->

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:31 pm:

The very first time I saw Jacobs Falls I saw a sign for a motel and foundations where buildings once stood. I just do not remember the name of it. Then we went to the jampot. I love that place.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 07:54 pm:

If you travel way up Jacob's creek, you find The old Arnold Mine

And farther yet, you get to: Jacob's Lake, aka Meadow Lake.

(I'd have posted the photos, but I couldn't get the image tags to work)

However, I recall that the part of Jacob's Creek between M-26 and the lake is marked as private... anyone know for sure?

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:54 pm:

Back in the mid-50s, a friend and I walked from Five Mile Point to just past Jacobs Creek along the shore. Some places we'd have to climb away from the water. But there were a couple little beaches with sand. It was almost dark when we got to Jacob's Creek but we went further east (?)
to where the road was closer to the shore. The lights were on in the office of the motel, so we went in to get a candy bar and some pop. I don't remember the name of the motel either. Then we walked the road back to Eagle River. My friend's grandpa owned the camp where the pilot-house of the TIOGA is parked.

By Carole (Carole) on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 01:21 pm:

Our camp was just right around the corner from where the motel washed away and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of it. BUT, I believe Tony Bausano(sp) from Copper World would know. If I remember correctly, his dad owned it or someone in the family.

By mary Long (Maryanne) on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 12:10 am:

I remember catching my first rainbow trout at the bottom of the falls just across the road. Our camp is just down the road and my dad and I had walked there. I was so upset that I had caught this fish, I tried to put it back into the water before it died but it was to late. My mom enjoyed frying this little thing up and having it as a snack.

My brothers and I had loged a lot of climbing hours in that falls. Lots of memories. I might have some pictures of the damage to the hotel and rock shop. If I can find them I will post them in shoebox memories...

Carole, I believe that you are my cousin...Ed and Pearl were my parents...

By PJ Sapienza (Pjs) on Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 05:38 pm:

I have always loved Jacob's creek. As a kid it was the adventure to see how high I could climb that year. I even named my son Jacob after the falls. of course now my daughter wants to know where her falls are. Last time I climbed it I found another set of falls. I suppose the entire thing is one fall but its at least another good drop so I told her once she gets old enough I'll take her. I've never been beyond that though. Anyone know how long of a hike it would be to get to the lake?

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 05:47 pm:

PJ -- if you mean, how long would it be to go upstream towards Jacob's Lake, I can tell you pretty well. :) As a pretty avid hiker (but one who goes slow to take photos), it took me about 2 hours to get from the falls at M-26 to the Arnold Mine, which is just about where the creek crosses the Eagle Harbor shortcut road. After that the creek is extremely marshy, so you'll have to take an old logging road back to the lake (look on any good satellite photos, such as to find some). That was about another hour, for a total of three. Your mileage may vary!

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