Mandan Road-High Rock Bay Road

Adventure along the Mandan Road-High Rock Bay Road

High Rock Bay is a scenic spot located in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. A variety of vehicles try to make it out to the end, but most will turn around. The road can be rough if there had been rain and it hasn't been graded.

The road to the bay comprises Mandan Road and High Rock Bay Road. This drive starts after exiting Copper Harbor (47°27'52.3"N 87°50'26.6"W-47.464513, -87.840726), also known as the beginning of US Highway 41. The first 4.8 miles of the road are called called Mandan road. It’s a well-used ATV trail.

The last part of the drive (around 3 miles) is called High Rock Bay Road. It's a pretty rough ride, with a lot of pot holes, ruts, and bouncing around. Be careful: the road has giant potholes that are often filled with muddy water. Not suggested trying to find it in a little car. Need to pay attention to turns.  Definitely need a 4x4 to get through there on stormy days especially.

At the end, the road splits to go to the Keweenaw Rocket Range and High Rock Bay. The views of the lake and of Manitou Island are beautiful. The journey offers superb views. Travelers will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Lake Superior and Manitou Island, as well as the historical landmark of the rocket range. Great camping as well.
Road suggested by: Andrew B


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