May 17-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: May: May 17-05
Big town life!    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Greta Jones
Total population?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Greta Jones

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:15 am:

On M-26 part-way between Eagle River and Eagle Harbor you round a little curve called Cat Harbor. According to the sign, snapped by Greta Jones, the population tops out at three (3). Yes, I said three, but after looking at a few more pictures from Greta's Guest Gallery, I'm wondering if the waterfowl in the second picture are the accounted for residents. Or just maybe the population is a bit more than the number posted on the sign. At least it is for several days each year when these fine feathered friends make it their home too. We've featured some of those temporary residents (and their brood) on these pages before…

From the Archives - 6/11/03
...and we also featured this Spring action shot over Cat Harbor a few years back (you have to watch it for a few seconds):
By Jon and Charlie HopperBy Jon and Charlie Hopper

By Susan, Fl on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:16 am:

Good morning...the top photo could be for me and my cats.....Gilbert and Sullivan.....Mom will have to stay in Florida or we'll have to change the sign!

By julie b., MI on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:23 am:

The shot of the storm is way cool!

By smf in troll land on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:28 am:

Before reading your comments, Mary, my 1st thought was that the ducks and goose were the population of 3. Like the storm picture, too!

By maijaMI on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:41 am:

I love Cat Harbor. We would go there when on vacation and for some reason couldn't make it to Bete Gris or White City. Dad didn't like it because it's right on 26. We kids loved it, if we weren't going to be taken to Bete Gris or White City!

Great pictures!

By NKR Mishawaka IN on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:44 am:

Love the pictures this morning. Last Saturday I looked out my back door and there sat a female duck. She was all fluffed up. When I opened the back door she stood up and about 12 or 15 little babys ran out from underneath her. Can't imagine how they all fit under there or what they do.

By joe on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:50 am:

Good Morning, On our last trip to Copper harbor last fall i took a picture of my better half who I call Cat under the sign ( Cat Harbor ). This is the first time ive seen another picture of this special place.Thanks Mary Drew I will have cathy look at todays posting.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:59 am:

Sharon, the picture off your deck is great this morning. My husband Tom Heyde has lost his job. Please remember us. Thanks.

By Rick, Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 08:38 am:

Here is a photo I took last summer.

Appears the population of Cat Harbor has remained rather
steady. I would love to move to Cat Harbor if for no other
reason to change the sign to "pop 4"

and here are a few others including some of Esery Park which
has always been one of my favorite stopping points along the


By FLYINdaMOONEY on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 09:05 am:

Have a favorite pic of my wife taken under that sign as she runs an inner city animal shelter that has about 30 times more animals than the entire population of Cat Harbor. Wonder how it got it's name.........lost in the mists of time..

By G.D. on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 09:35 am:

Look Who Stopped By The Harbor Yesterday!
White Peligans
Photo Thanks to Neil Harri

By MissingdaUPinMN on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 09:59 am:

Great pictures! Reminds me of the good ol' days going up to Copper Harbor! Two more weeks and I get to see it all for myself!

By John from the prairie on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 10:55 am:

sharp eyes will spot the cottage that used to be the range light
along that road

By Kathy from Whitmore Lake/Cheboygan on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 11:38 am:

Beautiful pictures, Rick.

By Audrey, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 11:51 am:

I remember driving "through" Cat Harbor and thinking, now THAT'S a small town!!! Nice pictures!

By Tony, sylvan lake on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 12:04 pm:

everything seems to be greening up nicely coming up to gay 27th. Afraid to even think how long the grass is. Hope it's warm enough for a little golf and walleye fishing. Cant wait for a hot pasty from super val's or Tony"s

By tony, sylvan lake on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 12:05 pm:

any signs of the morels yet

By sur5er on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 01:28 pm:

Interesting tidbit about Cat Harbor: some claim it got its name because the shoreline was shaped like a cat's paw. Others claim that when the Ralph Budd freighter sank, that the cats aboard the frieghter swam to the shore of the harbor...and thus the name, Cat Harbor.

By M.B., IL-WI-MI on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 02:47 pm:

G.D. - Did pelicans really land in Eagle Harbor, MI? I did not know that they crossed over. Do they migrate? Are they year-round residents?

By M.B., IL-WI-MI on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 02:50 pm:

Tony: We have a place in Gay, MI too. We were up there last weekend and learned that morels are to be found. I have never gone morel hunting and am afraid that I would consume a poisonous mushroom.

Bring your winter coat though. It was frigid with snowflakes in the air over this past weekend.

By Rick, Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:02 pm:

Here is some info on the Ralph budd on another Keweenaw web

No mention of cats jumping ship.


By Rick, Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:09 pm:

Ok, did a little more digging on how cat harbor got it's name,

I think I'll vote for it being shaped like a cat's paw. Ihe other
option (wreck of the ralph bud) sounds like a grandfathers
imaginative story to the grandkids that got passed down as fact.

Of course I'll do my part to keep the myth alive...

By Cindy- Calumet on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:18 pm:

Pelicans in the Copper Country? Can't wait to see one. Still am looking for the mighty moose. Has anybody seen one lately?

By Cindy-Calumet on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:21 pm:

Now that I'm thinking about Pelicans, my son told me he saw to big white birds on Calumet Dam this weekend. Maybe they were pelicans and not swans that he seen.

By Ginny on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:38 pm:

To Cindy and MB, I have never heard of Pelicans up North. I just saw that posted on George Hites site, Eagle Harbor!

By Missin the UP from NJ on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 03:49 pm:

Great pictures today! Thanks.
Love that lightening bolt! And of course the wildlife.....

By Rick on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 04:39 pm:

For Cindy in Calumet, here is a moose...

It's from a couple years ago but it's a good looking moose
(although some may say thats not possible)


By sur5er on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 04:54 pm:

Rick, I'm with you, I'll stick with the cats bailing ship story. I think it has more character to it and something that has been passed down from generation to generation...worth passing down.

By Beverly, San Jose on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 05:30 pm:

Thank you Rick. These were some interesting stories.

By gmw on Tuesday, May 17, 2005 - 06:37 pm:

Great pictures, especially the lightning
flash in the 2nd one. Did some grilling with friends at Cat Harbor many years ago, boy was it cold that Sunday. Was in the middle of summer
but the wind off the big lake was just too much.
Packed up the stuff and went somewhere else out of the wind.

By ILMHitCC on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 12:47 am:

Lost an old friend at this spot a few years back. Rest in peace, Dude! We still miss you.

By Suzanne, Ada Michigan on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:35 am:

Though I am not really fond of surely reminds me that after a long winter spring is finally here. Yeh! Nice picture...

By Cindy-Calumet on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 11:45 am:

To Rick,I finally saw one. Great picture. Guess I'll have to go to the island and see one for myself.

By cminetti Macomb MI on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 10:13 pm:

I alway's remember "Dude" when I drive past cat harbor. There are many that still miss him.

By Fred, Three Lakes on Saturday, May 21, 2005 - 11:50 am:

Tony: The morels were popping up pretty good and then we had the cold week which slowed things down, it's getting towards the end for the "Blacks". Going to check my "patch" on Sunday.

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