The Copper Cabin is a completely self-contained off-grid hideaway situated just feet off the Montreal River in a pine and birch forest teaming with wildlife. Once you leave the road and the ATV/Snowmobile trail, you'll drive the two-track (or snowshoe) to the footbridge crossing the river and travelling by foot on up to the cabin in the woods. *
This is a real wilderness destination that is not for everyone, but perfect for the adventurous spirit. Experience this comfy eco-friendly timber-framed abode complete with solar lighting, wood burning stove, convenient 12-volt refrigerator, indoor composting toilet, 12-volt entertainment center, water catchment/filter/dispenser system, antique gas cook top (sorry no oven) & more. Two large sleeping lofts have 2 double beds and room for air mattresses (provided by you). The space can accommodate up to 8 people and makes a restful getaway. The morning is welcomed in with views from the large Eastern window. There is a sauna/bath house currently under construction but outdoor solar bag shower provides nicely for now. Outdoor solar-lighted composting privy adds a second convenient toilet.
Thimbleberry, blueberry mingle along with Verbena, Astor, wild strawberry, and Lobelia along the forest floor and fringes. Miles and miles of flora and fauna for your nature-loving self.
Biking, hiking, snowshoeing, wildlife watching, hunting and brook-trout are all within steps of the covered rustic porch. Weber grill, fire ring with grill and picnic table invite you to the great outdoors where you can catch the Northern Lights in the super star-studded night sky. In the winter, the trees are dripping snowy frosting and paint this wonderland in opalescent beauty. You won't want to leave.
But there's so much in the area to customize your adventure--world-class skiing at Mount Bohemia, single-track biking in Copper Harbor & Calumet, kayaking, scuba, surfing, kite surfing, sailing, hiking, etc--so you'll want to plan time to venture out, or just plan your next adventure at the Copper Cabin.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION.
This is a true backcountry / wilderness experience, with the inherent risks of wilderness travel. Sometimes the grass gets long, there is wildlife, and you're definitely a long way from room service -- but we believe that's part of the draw and what really shapes this unique experience. We do not offer grounds-keeping, linen nor cleaning service. Our friends at the Marquette Hampton Hilton do. Refunds will not be considered for mismanaged expectations, and any concerns can always be addressed with your host directly.
* Travel from base camp to bridge approximately 3/4 mile. Travel from Bridge to cabin approximately 1/4 mile.
We do accept a 2-day minimum stay, but we try to check every first-time guest in personally. When we do, we make a round trip of 14 hrs and it would be helpful if you would consider a 3-day or more stay.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at The Copper Cabin
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Snow and a wood stove; a combination everyone should have on their 'this makes me happy' list. Both can be found, in the plentiful and insanely cozy varieties, at the Copper Cabin. Located in the forested belly of the beautiful, fresh water surrounded Keweenaw Peninsula, the Copper Cabin transports its visitors to the peace and quiet they yearn for without giving up the basic amenities we've all become accustomed to.
The short hike from the parking area just off US 41 was easily enjoyed with our gear in a sled behind us. The antique cooking stove was a great throwback experience and worked perfectly for our cooking needs. The same could be said of the water pump positioned next to the sink. A really thoughtful feature of this off-grid dwelling is the audio system incorporated into the counter. Having the ability to play our own music through quality speakers elevated our experience ten fold. Also in the counter were plentiful USB outlets that kept our devices juiced up from the sun. The compost toilet and urinal in the bathroom were a breeze to use and care for. Our favorite feature of the Copper Cabin was the wood stove. We loved stoking the fire and basking in the heat as we played some yahtzee, read, or sipped our morning coffee. The stove kept the cabin warm even as the temperatures hovered in the single digits!
The natural beauty surrounding the cabin is breathtaking. Tall pines, a winding river, and bountiful trails to meander along. A short drive away is Mount Bohemia, a powder-lovers paradise through the winter and one of the best kept secrets of the Upper Peninsula. A short way past Mount Bohemia you can find Bete Grise, one of the Keweenaw's best beaches, just be sure to visit in August or September as Lake Superior holds onto her chill well into the summer. North of Mount Bohemia is Copper Harbor at the north side of the Peninsula, a lovely little village with a few restaurants and gorgeous rocky shores.
If you need a change of pace and want to socialize, Houghton and Hancock have plenty of offerings that can suit anybody's needs.
Overall, the Copper Cabin is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy every amazing opportunity the Keweenaw Peninsula has waiting.
Perfect spot. Secluded. Quiet. Beautiful. We spent 3 nights in late December with our 2 boys (7 and 4). We all had a blast. Had to snowshoe to access the cabin, a wonderful little hike. Linda and Darren are great hosts. Great communication and very friendly. We definitely recommend and we want to go back there!
Like the Keweenaw Peninsula (Michigan's northernmost county), the Copper Cabin is a special place. I grew up 62 miles south, and I spent most of my life exploring the Keweenaw. But, until I spent the weekend at this magical cabin, I never truly experienced the area to its fullest potential. I've rented cabins all over the Upper Peninsula—from Big Bay to Grand Marais, Isle Royale to Mackinac—and this is, without a doubt, the best experience I've ever had. This all sounds hyperbolic, I know, but I really can't praise the Copper Cabin enough, or host Linda's incredible hospitality.
Linda and her boyfriend Darryl started building this place about three years ago. It's like the cabin in the woods schematized: impossibly peaceful, cozy and fairytale. The location is ideal. It's on the outskirts of an actual ghost town, in the middle of prime downhill skiing country (it's like a five-minute drive from primitive and amazing Mount Bohemia, home to the second-highest vertical drop in the Midwest (not to mention the largest hot tub in the Upper Peninsula)), and it's surrounded by a vast network of premium cross-country ski trails. And if you feel like venturing into civilization, the Copper Cabin is an easy drive to some of the best dining/drinking options in the state (i.e., Fitzgerald's, a
seasonal barbecue place on Lake Superior with one of the best and most versatile beer and scotch selections I've ever seen, anywhere; Copper Harbor's Brickside Brewery, Harbor Haus and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge; Lac La Belle's Bear Belly Bar & Grill, Calumet's Michigan House, Hancock's Gino's—the list goes on).
The Copper Cabin is truly a hidden gem. You park, then hike in, crossing a footbridge Darryl constructed over the Montreal River. The cabin itself is quintessentially off-the- grid, a gorgeous timber-framed cube with all the comforts you could ever need: dining table, sitting area, huge windows, solar power, freezer/fridge, beautiful antique stove/oven, sink, dishes, the works. There's even a TV with DVD player. There's a loft bed with very comfortable sleeping arrangements (that first night, we heard coyotes calling, the second, a cow moose), a bathroom with nifty composting toilet, wood-burning stove, and even a solar-powered sound system (with indoor and outdoor surround sound). Outside, there's this great outhouse, and a detached bathhouse with sauna and amazing copper tub (with skylights for stargazing).
I could go on and on here, obviously. Let me just end with this: Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a very unique place, it's one of America's last remaining frontiers, and should be experienced appropriately. This is Jim Harrison's turf, Ernest Hemingway's. The Copper Cabin is more than just a place to stay, it's an experience you'll never forget. I will definitely be returning.
It's been just over a week since we came back from our visit to Copper Harbor and our stay at Linda's cabin. Words cannot express how upset we were to come back to the big city and leave behind all the beautiful scenery, the calm surroundings and the unforgettable experience we had at Linda's wonderful cabin.
The cabin is everything you could ask for, specially given that it is an off-grid cabin. It's rustic, beautiful, has all the necessities and plenty of trails to go around. The location is also perfect in regards to the surrounding attractions (very close to Copper Harbor and Eagle Harbor). Linda's cabin also sits right next to a lake which as you can imagine, is truly a blessing.
We used Linda's grill all 3 days we were there and had a fire going on our last night there. Linda and her husband had prepared wood for our fire too - that's how far they had gone to make sure we had been accommodated! Seriously, they are the most thoughtful and amazing hosts you could ever need. Highly recommend making a trip out there and staying at this cabin! You won't regret it!
We had such a wonderful stay at the Copper Cabin! Linda and Darryl are PHENOMENAL hosts, getting in touch with us as soon as we booked to provide tailored recommendations according to our desires, and then staying in touch with us until we arrived to be sure we navigated the area easily. The Copper Cabin is incredibly secluded (a bit of a hike from where we parked!) and rustic (we got to learn all about pumping from cisterns and composting toilets!). The cabin itself is very cozy and definitely feels lived-in, and it has the charm of really embracing the wilderness around it. A summertime visit to the Copper Cabin brings a true sense of adventure, feeling a bit like Tom Sawyer--just adults exploring and playing in nature. We used our time at the Cabin to explore the surrounding areas, hiking to waterfalls, driving the lakeshore and mountain roads, shopping in Copper Harbor and Houghton, and checking out breweries nearby. Our couple of days there were the perfect escape from our city routines--away from cell service and responsibilities. We would love to see Copper Cabin covered in the snow someday!
The coppe cabin was great! We had a great couple days enjoying the cabin and surrounding area. Cooked dinner on the grill and enjoyed the sunshine and living area. The next day we explored copper harbour then headed down the road to the eagle river inn for a great dinner. It was unique place to stay and a great stop along our road trip.
Our family came up to the Copper Cabin to spend some quality family time with our daughter who is leaving for her second year of college and our son who will be a senior in high school. We were looking for a quiet place to in the woods to hang out, play games, sit around a fire and the ability to explore the area. The Copper Cabin was perfect for all of the above! When we arrived we were greeted at the road and then personally escorted to the cabin. Darryl and Linda gave us a tour of the cabin and the property, explaining how everything worked and then giving us a few insider tips to the area. After sharing a beer, they were on their on their way. The place is amazing, it is rustic, yet comfortable. The surround sound was awesome to have, such a perk when hanging out at night making dinner and playing games. There were berries galore while we were there and they were the perfect addition to our morning pancakes. There is an endless amount of adventure in the area and I can't wait to come back in the winter!!