Discover fun things to do in Houghton and Michigan’s UP like lake fishing

Whether you want to ski the mountains or explore a subterranean mine, you can find a variety of family-friendly things to do on Michigan’s gorgeous Upper Peninsula. Located off Highway 26, the Country Inn & Suites, Houghton, MI offers comfortable hotel rooms less than two miles from the Mont Ripley Ski Area and the Quincy Mine, where you can venture down an abandoned copper mine shaft. At Michigan Tech, you can catch a sporting event, browse museum exhibits, and see a theatrical performance. If you love the outdoors, plan a visit to Isle Royale National Park to immerse yourself in Michigan’s natural beauty, just minutes from the hotel.

Select what to see in a map

Portage Lake

5.22 mi / 8.4 km from the hotel
Boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities abound at Portage Lake. Catch a glimpse of the lighthouse, and learn more about the lake’s historic shipwrecks.

Keweenaw National Historical Park

11.31 mi / 18.2 km from the hotel
This park offers the chance to explore more than 7,000 years of the Houghton area’s copper mining history.

Michigan Tech

1.89 mi / 3.04 km from the hotel
Situated on a beautiful campus, MTU boasts a student body of more than 7,000 and athletic teams represented by mascot Blizzard T. Husky.

Mont Ripley Ski Area

1.82 mi / 2.93 km from the hotel
Rent some skis and take a lesson, or bring your own and plunge down the slopes of this ski resort located on the Michigan Tech campus.

Mt. Bohemia

32.76 mi / 52.72 km from the hotel
Carve up the fresh powder on a skiing adventure at this local winter-sport resort.

Quincy Mine

2.1 mi / 3.37 km from the hotel
Where else can you ride a cog-wheel tram car before descending seven stories into an abandoned copper mine? Don’t miss your chance to see the shaft house, steam hoist, and on-site museum.

Copper Harbor

41.07 mi / 66.09 km from the hotel
If you love connecting with the great outdoors, Copper Harbor has myriad adventures to offer, from mountain biking and kayaking to fishing, golfing, and birdwatching.

Portage Paddle Sports

0.9 mi / 1.45 km from the hotel
At this destination, you can experience Houghton's waterfront by paddle boat or kayak or via beach bike cruiser. An ice cream shop and a concession stand provide refreshment after your excursion.

Nara Nature Park

3.1 mi / 4.99 km from the hotel
Pack your hiking boots for a stroll along this park's Nara Nature Trail Boardwalk, a 4,500 foot long elevated wood boardwalk running along both banks of the Pilgrim River. You can also stop along the way to fish or launch a kayak or canoe to explore by water.

Copper Country Boat Tours

10.43 mi / 16.78 km from the hotel
Book a romantic twilight boat tour of the Portage Canal to enjoy an amazing sunset, shimmering city lights, and a star-filled night sky. Daytime historical tours are also available.

Isle Royale National Park

70.4 mi / 113.3 km from the hotel
Take the ferry or seaplane to explore this rugged and isolated island surrounded by Lake Superior. You can hike the island, fish along the shores, or arrange a scuba diving expedition.

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

1.55 mi / 2.49 km from the hotel
Located on Michigan Tech’s campus, this museum features a vast collection of Michigan minerals and the largest collection of minerals from the Great Lakes region in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.