In research, I discovered that this is called the Keweenaw Waterway . It was first dredged in 1860 and has a depth of 25 feet. Locally the area north is known as Copper Island because it is not connected to the Upper Peninsula. Only way across is by US 41/ M-26.
I moved along the main road and the shoulder was plenty wide, smooth and clear of debris. I stayed in Cedarville which developed in 1884 as part of the lumber area. Now it is a wonderful vacation area.
Metis are a multi ancestral indigenous group in Canada and the US that lived in the this area. Fur trade was very big in this area as the Europeans spread through the region.
When people saw my Lower Peninsula tours, they would ask when are you going to do the Upper Peninsula? In the gallery area you will find some photos from the Great Lakes Relaxed tour done by Adventure Cycling. I decided today that instead of heading home one I get to the Mackinaw Bridge I will head east and trace the UP! I have to do something during the winter riding season. Please continue with my tour.
I later researched Castle Rock, which is also know as "Pontiac's Lookout" by the Ojibwa Tribe. The rock is 195 feet above the water and provides a view of up to 20 miles. From here you will see Mackinac Island, Lake Huron and St. Ignace. Pontiac is a well known Odawa war chief from the mid 1700s who lead the Native Americans against the British. He moved throughout the Great Lakes Region.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.