Summer 2008 Lake Superior Cruise
09 August 2008 | Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent
Lower Keewanaw Waterway Indent via Houghton Co. Marina and Houghton City Dock
This morning at Lilly Pond Harbour we decided to search for, well, a so called lilly pond. Walking down gravel roads and getting ourselves nowhere, we gave up. On our way back to the tied-up Charrette, we had noticed that Lilly Pond Harbour of Refuge had gotten its name from the small lilly ponds twenty feet away from the wharf. One happened to be right next to our boat. Charrette became ship-shape quick, and we left Lilly Pond to go farther in to the Keweenaw Waterway to stop for the second time on this trip and Houghton/Hancock for provisions and a pump out. There are scary electrical lines and a lift-bridge that stood between us and Houghton County Marina. I called the lift-bridge on VHF channel 12 and told the lift manager to raise it 75 feet, as estimated by Dad. He responded, "Great. We'll bump it up for you". I just hoped we didn't bump our tall mast into the bridge. At Houghton Marina, we got pumped out, chilled, and got an internet connection. After lunch we crossed the waterway and tied up to the Bridgeview Public Dock. There we took on necessities like bread, milk and "the best north of Florida" key lime pie, as Dad says. Stefan, Dad and I shared that whole pie as we drifted down the waterway. We saw the beginning of what looked like the start of the Wednesday races that the local yacht club put on. Finally we came to "The Indent", a little hole in the wall where the water is warm and bald eagles are as common as seagulls. It's funny because at the start of the trip it was like,
"Wow, guys a bald eagle! How many have we seen now?"
but now it's more like,
"Is it close?"
And we probably don't even bother to look. At "The Indent" in the lower part of the waterway we bow anchored and tied stern ashore. We had a fun afternoon and had decided to take the next day to explore such a cool place.