There Commercial Fishing Museum has
exhibits of several centers for commercial
fishing that were in the Keweenaw.

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Commercial fishing photos

The Commercial Fishing Museum has
several photographic displays that tell
the story of the families that fished the
waters of the Keweenaw.

One of the first ships to arrive in Copper Harbor in the 1840's arrived with two purposes. It was to drop off some of the early explorers looking for copper. But it also was to sail to neighboring Isle Royale to see if explorers who had been dropped there earlier had found a good site for commercial fishing. Thus began the related histories of copper mining and commercial fishing in the Keweenaw.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society Commercial Fishing Museum is located on the grounds of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse complex in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. In it one can see many displays of commercial fishing activities in the Keweenaw and also displays of the many families that fished from one generation to the next. The many photographs in the museum put a human face on the rough and risky business of commercial fishing in Lake Superior.

Commercial fishing ice tools

Using saws and tools such as those in
this exhibit, ice was cut from the lake
and stored for use in shipping fish to market.

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Commercial Fishing Museum and the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex are open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location -The Commercial Fishing Museum is located in the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex, located on Lighthouse Drive. GPS: N 47 27.579 W 88 09.562, Decimal Degrees: 47.459650, -88.159370

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information about commercial fishing on Lake Superior.

Finnish Fishermen of Lake Superior