Copper Harbor, MI

Jump In The Devil's Washtub In Copper Harbor

Becca Ballard

If you’re looking to see geologic formations in Michigan, a visit to Devils Washtub in the Keweenaw Peninsula is one place to consider going when you’re in the U.P.! Plus, you'll find pretty views on Lake Superior along the way.

With strong waves this spot is very exciting, in calmer moments it can be the perfect place to take a swim with even the opportunity to pass through a lake arch. Visit this small corner of Michigan that is full of energy and offers absolutely breathtaking views. Devil's Washtub has very interesting geological formation, which literally looks like a washtub. The Devil’s Washtub is a hole in the rocky northern coastline and it resembles a cauldron where the water churns and swirls around in a cave. This desination is easy to walk around too. This local spot is a highly recommended one and can be made to be just a quick stop on your journey elsewhere.

Along with that, you'll get a taste of the past, as Michigan has a history of volcano activity. Although that was a very long time ago, it is said that “volcano” things you see in Michigan are the result of activity that happened at least a billion of years ago. When walking around Devil's Washtub, it is said that it looks as though you are walking across lava rocks.

Devil's Washtub is located at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, in the western part of the Upper Peninsula.There’s a short dirt trail that will lead you to the Lake Superior coast and from there, you have the views. Walk as far or as little as you want, across the rocks. The best part about this adventure is that it can be as quick as a roadside stop.

It may be a little bit of a drive from home but life is about the journey, right?

This can be a perfect stop to make when you’re driving from Copper Harbor to Eagle Harbor. Keep in mind that parking is very limited and the site is unmarked, but it is opposite of the Dapple Gray Bed & Breakfast, where M26 turns south away from the shore about 2 miles west of Copper Harbor.

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