Quality of Life

Health Care

Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

Aspirus Keweenaw is a non-profit, community-directed health care organization based in Laurium, Mich., with clinics and outreach services in Laurium, Houghton and Lake Linden. Aspirius Keweenaw is part of the Aspirus, Inc. exclusive hospital and clinic network, home health and hospice care, pharmacy, critical care, medical goods and a philanthropic foundation.

Aspirius Keweenaw Hospital is a critical care hospital, with 24/7 access to emergency care and is supported by five clinic locations, including a new, multi-service clinic in Houghton. Aspirius has 27 practicing physicians across 15 specialties and 25 beds.

Baraga County Memorial Hospital

Baraga County Memorial Hospital (BCHM) is a fifteen bed Critical Access Hospital in L’Anse that provides health care for the residents of Baraga County and surrounding areas. They offer a 24 hour staffed emergency room and walk in clinics every day of the week, in addition to our physician clinic which offers family practice, internal medicine, gerontology and pediatric physicians. Specialty clinics are held on a regular vasis including General Surgery; Orthopedics; Podiatry; Ear, Nose, and Throat; EMG/Sports Medicine; Cardiology; Oncology; Urology; Neurology’ and Cataract Surgery. They have a full service Laboratory and Radiology Department, and offer Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy for both inpatients and outpatients. In addition, BCHM owns Baraga County Home Care and Hospice, and Baraga County Medical Equipment (a home medical equipment supplier), and the BCHM Rehab and Fitness Center located in downtown L’Anse.

UP Health System Portage

UP Health System Portage and its outlying clinics support a multi-specialty group of over 40 physicians and over a dozen allied health professionals. The main campus is a 36-bed hospital with ancillary services including the area’s only Open Bore MRI, 64-slice CT Scanner, PACS, nuclear imaging, digital mammography and other radiological and laboratory services. Other services include cardiopulmonary, certified sleep disorder center, regional dialysis unit, pharmacy, rehab, a 12/7 hospitalist program, home care and hospice, and a 60-bed senior living community. UP Health System – Portage is home to the first Level III ASC-verified trauma center and emergency department in the state, as well as an Express Care walk-in clinic.

Higher Education

Michigan Technological University a public research university, home to more than 7,300 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 12 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, technology, engineering, and math; forestry; business and economics; health professions; humanities; and social sciences. MTU’s beautiful campus in Houghton overlooks the Portage waterway and is just a few miles fro Lake Superior.

Finlandia University a small, private, not-for-profit, HLC accredited, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is located in Michigan’s northernmost city, Hancock, and was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants as Suomi College. Finlandia teaches around 700 students and offers academic programs of study leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees in the disciplines of art and design (BFA), business (BBA), liberal studies (BA, AA, AGS), and health sciences (BSN, AAS).

Gogebic Community College Houghton Satellite Campusan accredited, public, two-year community college with an enrollment of around 1400 students, founded in 1932. The Houghton compus is averaging 400 students per year and offering programs in Accounting, Business Administration, CIT – Computer Repair; Criminal Justice – Corrections, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement, Corrections Officer, Entrepreneurship, General Business, General Education, General Science, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nursing (LPN)

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College – a tribal community college founded in 1975 with campuses located in L’Anse and Baraga providing two-year Associates degree programs in Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Science, and Liberal Studies to approximately 100 students.

Primary Education (K-12)

Calumet, Laurium, Keweenaw Schools – Highly rated by US News, Mackinac Center, Michigan Dept. of Education, and Center for Michigan

Houghton-Portage Schools – Highly rated by Center for Michigan, Michigan Dept. of Education, and Us News, #31 of 552 Best District in Michigan (NICHE)

Dollar Bay Schools – Highly Rated by Center for Michigan, Michigan Dept. of Education, and US News

Chassell Schools – Highly rated by Michigan Dept. of Education and US News

Adams Township Schools – Highly rated by Mackinac Center and US News

Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools – Highly rated by US News

Hancock Public Schools – Highly Rated by US News

L’Anse Community Schools

Baraga Community Schools

Copper Country Intermediate School District

Outdoor Adventure

The Keweenaw attracts and retains talent that values the outdoors and opportunities the four distinct seasons bring. Whether it is the silent sports or motorized activities, the Keweenaw has infrastructure to accommodate all levels and types of outdoor adventure recreation.  For more detailed information visit the Keweenaw Convention and Vistors Bureau.

Alpine Skiing
Nordic Skiing Kayaking
Hunting Four wheeling/ORV
Mount Bohemia (see video)
Copper Harbor Trails (see video)
Isle Royale

Arts, Culture & History

Rozsa Center for Performing Arts
Calumet Theater
Arts scene in Calumet and Hancock
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Keweenaw National Historical Park
The Red Jacket Jamboree New Old-Time Radio Variety Show


Annual Festivals

Pasty Fest
Strawberry Festival
Houghton County Fair
Winter Carinval
Great Bear Chase
CopperDog 150
International Guts Frisbee Tournament
Canal Run
Farm Block Fest
Eagle Harbor Art Fair
Great Deer Chase
Art in the Park
Keweenaw Brewfest
Parade of Nations Multicultural Festival
Mount Bohemia’s Trail Running Festival
Keweenaw Cup Cyclocross Races
Lake Superior Performance Rally