Feb 17-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: February: Feb 17-05
Copper Falls lookout    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jamie Harter
Iced in Hoar Lake    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Jamie Harter

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:31 am:

Quite the lofty view from the Copper Falls lookout taken by Jamie Harter. By the looks of the recent additions to her Guest Gallery, she's been making some tracks around the Keweenaw. The spot where this view of the territory is taken from, is one I haven't had the pleasure of an excursion to yet, but it's definitely on my 'to do' list for 2005! Same thing goes for the photo Jamie supplied of a frozen Hoar Lake…haven't been there either, but it's on the list now too. Both these beauties are located on the tip of the Keweenaw, but I'll have to leave the actual locations to someone who's made the trek and knows the lay of the land!

By the way, be sure to check What'sUP for a special note from Charlie about last Sunday's Shoebox Memory.

By smf in troll land on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:41 am:

Love the pics!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:44 am:

I like the top one the best. Great shot!

By Mary, NWOh on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:58 am:

Gorgeous pictures again. Sure makes me want to do some travelling. Just about all of the 2+ inches of snow we got yesterday is gone already and here in Northwest Ohio we don't have any mountains either. Oh well,
Have a nice day, everyone.

By Sarah, Central WI on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 08:44 am:

Wow awesome pics!

By Ron Hanson Washington on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 10:01 am:

Some of you folks back there in the Copper Country may not understand this but I actually long for your snowy outlooks. Here in the "Great Northwest"(?) I already have spring bulbs up with blooms on them. I really miss the winters of the UP. Crazy?

By Gus LL on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 10:20 am:

Back in the early '50s, myself and a couple other guys rented a 14 ft. boat from a Mr. Anderson at Lac La Belle. I placed my 3 1/2 hp. Firestone outboard on the back and took off for the mouth of Hoars Creek.
We travelled along the south shore of the point, got there in the evening and set up an old tarp that was full of holes for a tent.
We fished a beaver dam in Hoars Creek, not much luck, so the next morning we cut through the bush to Hoars Lake. We fished there for awhile, caught a bunch of hammer handle pike.
Later on we took the boat up to the mouth of the Union Creek witch flows out of Schlatters Lake. We caught a few nice speckies there and rode a nice northeast tail wind back to Bete Gris & Lac La Belle. That was a real enjoyable weekend in the Keweenaw.

By fy on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 11:34 am:

And that beaver dam on Hoar Creek is still there, and the speckies are still lacking in that creek. Hoar Lake still has hammar handle pike and Union Creek will produce a few speckies. Not much changed there in fifty years.

By jno/mn on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:35 pm:

Hammer handle pike..Small pike, the so-called hammer handles up to 26 inches or so, are common across much of the northern United States.

By ed/mi on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 12:39 pm:

In the 50's we would drive to Fort Wilkens and park and walk the pole line out to Schlatters Lake and catch northern pike all day...Things went along good for a few years until we saw a black bear cross the path ahead of us..After that we were happy to go to Delfs Landing on Rice Lake and still fish all day.

By Fisherman on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 01:01 pm:

ed/mi, Maybe that bear wanted to get a few fish himself. He probably smelled you a long way off. They really go for fish. They also like hoomin beans.

By John / New Hampshire on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 02:10 pm:

The view from Copper Falls lookout is nice. A group of us would park near that tower and we would sneak up to a mine on the opposite side of the Eagle Harbor cut-off road. Then venture inside. We shared the entrance with a small waterfall so it was always a soaking wet experience just getting inside - typically I would carry dry clothes in plastic bag and put them on once we got inside. It was an easy exploration as long the flashlight batteries held out. Supposedly, at the very lowest levels of the mine, we were below Lake Superior level but it is hard to say. Last time I went back there the entrance was blocked by large rocks.

By Bob on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 02:33 pm:

Funny little story about Hoar Lake

we were coming out on the mandan road one evening after fishing when we came across a woman in a minivan with ILL plates trying to negotiate the holes and ruts.

she waived me to stop and asked if this road went to Hoar Lake.

I said you could get there from this road, but not in that van. She replied well. I'm looking for my husband and son they have been fishing there all day.

I kinda smiled and said well, I'd check the bars in Copper Harbor, we've been on Hoar lake all day all alone. ;-)

Hope she eventually found them. ;-)

Hoar Lake where the hammer handles are numerous and the perch are scared to death.

By ts on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 02:59 pm:

fished there few times in the 50s---we called them grass pike

By Susan, WA on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 03:11 pm:

Wish we had snow. We're having a drought in Washington state. Actually mowed the lawn this last week.

By Angie Grand Ledge MI on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 03:15 pm:

I look forward to seeing these pictures everyday lately. My husband and I have a trip planned the 5th of March to do some snowmobiling and fishing in Copper Harbor and I can't hardly wait! The pictures keep me sane! Have a great day and Thanks!

By Jim Wilks WI. on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 03:26 pm:

Ronald Hanson Washington,
Ron you and Pat can stay at my house in White Pine all winter anytime you want to.It is vacant all winter long.

By Angry,WI on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 05:06 pm:

The pic is cool.

By alter p tampa on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:04 pm:

are there any books on yooperese available

By Therese from just below the bridge on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:11 pm:

Susan in WA: you can have all the snow that falls tonight on my driveway. I'll keep the stuff that lands on the garden. How's that for interstate cooperation? :)

Hmm... Does the Interstate Commerce clause in the constitution regulate shipment of unwanted snow across state lines?

By butch, sc mi. on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 06:31 pm:

great view!!!!!!!!!!!! how much ice is on the lakes

By Kevin, Chicago, IL on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 09:19 pm:

I live in the Chicago area and every day before I begin the day I check the pasty.com photos. The photos always puts a smile on my face. I have immediate family in the area and I try to make it up as much as possible. I am young, but I look forward to retirement 25 years from now and hope to find a nice place up there. Hopefully it will still be as prestine as it is now!

By Capt. Paul in Nevada on Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 09:53 pm:

Most of the mines on the peninsula are below Lake Superior water level. However, none of the mines on the peninsula actually go 'under' Lake Superior. I used to get that question a LOT at the Quincy Mine on the tours. The only mine that I know of that went under the lake was Silver Islet on the Ontario shore, although I've heard some of the mines on Michipicoten Island also went under the lake, I've never been out there to verify it.

Copper Falls is a very beautiful area to visit. Historically, it is also a fascinating area of the Keweenaw. I can't count the number of times I climbed the tower and looked across the peninsula (I ran out of fingers/toes ;-)

By Yooper/Az on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:51 am:

Does anyone know how MTU did in hockey this evening (Thursday) against NMU?

By kjr Wa state on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:56 am:


MTU & NMU tied in overtime, Best Wish'es from

sunny Seattle kjr

By Kevin K. Lodi, Ca on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 02:06 am:

I would take the snow and the cold any day, compared to this cold, damp rain we are having.
Good night from a soggy Central Valley.

By Hayward, WI on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:41 pm:

Is the Copper Falls lookout picture of Lake Superior off the Eagle Harbor cut-off road and following a trail (road) up the hill at the Copper Falls mine road, past a couple of buildings and up past a slag (sp?) pile? This road has a lot of traffic in the middle of summer when the population increases in Keeweenaw Land. We often summer for a few days at the first building on the right. My Grandfather and family have leased it since the middle 1930's and we have alot of fond memories of this lookout but not in the winter.

By Larry, Ohio on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:48 pm:

Did any one see the news from Menominee county - Cougar hair was found on the bumber of a car after a motorist reported hitting a "large cat". Are ther truly Cougars in the U.P. to go with the wolves and bears? That would be awesome.

By sur5er on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 02:40 pm:


Here is a 2001 Detroit Free Press article pertaining to cougars in the UP.


Also, there is a subject on courgar sightings in the UP on George Hites Eagle Harbor website, (it's about 1/3's down on the page)http://www.eagleharborweb.net/q&a.htm

By BobT, Michigan on Friday, February 18, 2005 - 06:47 pm:

Yooper/AZ, try this link for hockey scores uscho.com. Click on Schedules/Results in the top row menu. The scores get posted right after the games are completed.

By BobT, Michigan on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 01:52 am:

Yooper/AZ, I hope you caught the game tonight (Friday, 2-25) on the Huskiy Radio broadcast on the internet. Look on the "mtu dot edu" site on Athletics and look for the radio link. They came back from 0-2 to tie in the third at 2-2 at Alaska-Anchorage tonight.

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