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Houghton is located in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Northern Michigan near Portage Lake and Lake Superior. This is Michigan's copper country, a region of deep forests, steep terrain, numerous inland lakes and streams and small villages. The Porcupine Mountains and Lake Superior, giving it a rare, almost mystical quality, dominate this region. Outdoor recreation is key to the area, with hiking and fishing being among the most popular sports. Houghton also receives an average of 180 inches of snowfall per year, making it as appealing in winter as in summer. You can go hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and boating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Although small, with a population of 7,500, Houghton is the largest city and economic center for the copper country. Highlights in the area include Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Coppertown U.S.A.; the Delaware Copper Mine Tour, Fort Wilkins State Park, the Seaman Mineral Museum and the Hanka Homestead Museum. And after a mountain hike, nothing beats ending the day watching the sun set beyond the mountains from the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Overlook.

Surrounding areas: Lake Linden, Michigan (9.0 mi), Calumet, Michigan (10.3 mi), Wolverine, Michigan (12.5 mi), Keweenaw Bay, Michigan (18.2 mi)

Houghton Vacation Rentals

Houghton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americinn Motel & Suites5101 S Sixth StCalumet, MI (906) 337-6463
Ramada99 Navy StHancock, MI (906) 482-8400
Best Western Franklin SQ Inn820 Shelden AveHoughton, MI (906) 487-1700
Country Inn & Suites919 Razorback DrHoughton, MI (906) 487-6700
Downtowner Motel110 Shelden AveHoughton, MI (906) 482-4421
Holiday Inn Express1110 Century WayHoughton, MI (906) 482-1066
Super 8 Motel-houghton1200 E Lakeshore DrHoughton, MI (906) 482-2240
Vic's CabinsKearsarge, MI12.9 mi.(906) 337-3703
Super 8 Motel - Baraga790 Michigan AveBaraga, MI23.5 mi.(906) 353-6680
Best Western Barage Lakeside900 S US 41Baraga, MI23.6 mi.(906) 353-7123
Ojibwa Resort MotelRt 1 M-38Baraga, MI23.6 mi.(906) 353-7611

Houghton Weather & Climate

The Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a rugged wilderness area where severe winters are commonplace. The climate is greatly influenced by Lake Superior, as well as cold, dry air coming from the Arctic region. The Lake acts as a giant humidifier, increasing the moisture content of the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses when it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfall in some areas. The shores of Lake Superior are prone to this "lake effect" snow and have recorded up to 350 inches of snow in a single year. However, average snowfall for this area is 177 days per year. In summer, the lake breezes have a cooling effect on the climate, keeping it from becoming too hot and uncomfortable. Summer humidity is rarely a problem due to the cooler temperatures.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 21°F 7°F 4.26 in. -
February 24°F 9°F 2.28 in. -
March 33°F 17°F 2.45 in. -
April 47°F 29°F 1.71 in. -
May 62°F 40°F 2.49 in. -
June 70°F 49°F 2.84 in. -
July 75°F 55°F 2.97 in. -
August 73°F 54°F 2.75 in. -
September 63°F 46°F 3.24 in. -
October 51°F 36°F 2.56 in. -
November 36°F 25°F 2.84 in. -
December 26°F 13°F 3.42 in. -

Houghton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Houghton County Memorial airport (CMX) located about 4 miles northeast of Houghton in Hancock, Michigan.

Houghton Attractions

Golf Courses
Michigan Tech University G CHoughtonMI 
Branson Bay Golf CourseMasonMI5.1 mi.
Eldorado Golf CourseMasonMI5.1 mi.
Mason Hills Golf CourseMasonMI5.1 mi.
Calumet Golf ClubCalumetMI10.0 mi.
Wildwood Lakes Golf CourseWolverineMI12.2 mi.
Wyandotte Hills Golf ClubToivolaMI13.1 mi.
Wyandotte ShoresWyandotteMI21.4 mi.
LAnse Golf CourseL'AnseMI25.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Porcupine MountainsOntonagonMI39.3 mi.
Marquette MountainMarquetteMI67.9 mi.
Ski BruleIron RiverMI70.9 mi.
IndianheadWakefieldMI78.8 mi.
Big PowderhornBessemerMI83.1 mi.
Mount ZionIronwoodMI88.8 mi.
Pine MountainIron MountainMI92.7 mi.
Lutsen MountainLutsenMN105.4 mi.
Mount AshwabayBayfieldWI108.5 mi.
State Parks
McLain State ParkMI8.0 mi. 
Hobard State ParkMI37.7 mi. 

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