Houghton Breakers (Also West Portage Entry)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

West Portage Entry... From the Houghton side... "Breakers"

The Houghton side of the West Portage Entry is what the locals call “Breakers.” There is, of course, another break-wall on this (South) side of the canal. Breakers is unique though, in that the beach is entirely the result of local mining… so I believe. Its all stamp sand. Breakers is popular for students at Michigan Tech – seems like there’s always some group having a bonfire. The drive out to Breakers is nice too – along the Houghton Canal Road. Breakers also has a nice pavilion. A winter trip is always fun here too. I’ve had some great snowshoeing trips and xc skiing trips out in this area. In fact, I’ll post some winter pics which you can find here.

On a day with wind, there will be waves.

One of my most memorable visits was on November 9th, 2005. There was an incredible wind storm that day, with sustained winds of over 50 mph. Its difficult to tell how big these waves are, but they were literally crashing over the wall and landing on the other side. The next photos are from that day, but I have a few better ones in another album. Check out the stormy photos from 2005.

Very, very windy.

And this dive is NOT from that windy day…

Always a good wave to dive in...

2 responses to “Houghton Breakers (Also West Portage Entry)

  1. ks says:

    Gay is all stamp sand too; memorable to me because that’s where my camera decided to retire with a swim. Of course, nothing really like Breakers since it is on the Keweenaw Bay side, but..

Share your thoughts

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


@SconnieProblems That sinking feeling, after you bought stock in the Packers but now realize they're really owned by the 49ers...

2014.01.06 @ 6:45:08 pm

RT @sgowtham: Ken Burn's Jazz (http://t.co/ZI7Ie957HU) makes this @BarrySanders clip that much more meaningful: http://t.co/EnpQ3aLZz6 @NFL…

2013.07.08 @ 1:17:09 pm

RT @TriathleteMag: Competing in an Ironman this year? Do this workout to prepare your mind, nail your pacing and perfect your nutrition: ht…

2013.06.11 @ 4:01:40 am

I spilled coffee all over myself getting out the door this morning. My first reaction was to refill my coffee mug... Not clean my clothes.

2013.06.06 @ 1:39:19 pm

RT @BugsySailor: Favorite headline of the day, "Man in grocery store overnight eats 6 steaks, birthday cake" http://t.co/TvAxt8X1ld

2013.05.17 @ 2:39:00 am

RT @WSCFFilm: "Funding military suicide prevention efforts is the least we can do" http://t.co/HWqyzUblaX

2013.05.13 @ 3:36:52 am

RT @TriathleteMag: Ready to take her performance to the next level, @Gwenjorgensen has made changes that—so far—are really paying off: http…

2013.04.24 @ 2:01:51 pm

Back for round 2. Triathlon blog site is back. Short blurb with my races this season. http://t.co/8sLmAuLb6L

2013.04.18 @ 4:09:43 am

@BugsySailor will you have updated steez apparel online soon?

2013.04.11 @ 9:31:06 pm

@KatieWysocky Proprioceptive cues. http://t.co/4mplr1Q1wA

2013.04.10 @ 1:42:41 pm