Seven Mile Point

“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.” – Shawshank Redemption

Seven Mile Point. Trying out a new shirt...

Seven Mile Point is a beach I had previously missed, just South of Five-Mile Point on the Keweenaw Peninsula. It’s an easy place to miss when driving by, and its possible for someone to live in the area and never visit this place. That is a shame, however, because Seven Mile Point is one of the neatest beaches I’ve ever seen. It is also a rock-picker’s dream! Agates abound on this beach! It is reminiscent of Hunter’s Point in Copper Harbor, with the cove of small red rocks worn smooth as glass. But the waves aren’t as harsh in this area. The cove is small, and there is a small point of rough terrain that separates this pebbled cove from a sandy beach on the North side. Quite unique, actually. The water drops off very quickly, as you can see by my pictures below. This is definitely one of those places I would suggest visiting – if only just to see it. On a nice day, its a ‘wow’ location. I’ve never seen it during poor weather, but it could be neat then as well.

The North Woods Conservancy owns this beach, making it ‘technically’ a private beach… but they own it privately to protect its public availability. There is a gate on the road out to the beach, and it is only open during certain hours. Pretty much only open on weekends and only during summer months. Into late September the beach has less regular hours of availability. It is very worth visiting though! Especially if you are a rock picker. I might suggest this is the best rock picking beach in the UP (for agates at least…).

And a great place to swim as well. The water was pretty cold when I was here because it was late in the fall. But the water is absolutely clear – so I was able to feel confident in making the dives you’ll see below!

Here’s a Google Map. And here’s the Shoreline Viewer.

Water looks soooo nice.

I'll try it out.

Hmmm. That island looks kinda neat...

I'll give that a try too!

Uh oh...

Don't worry. I'm a trained professional.

What a nice spot.

One part sand, and one part sea... one part shade of an aspen tree...

It's part of the North Woods Conservancy

5 responses to “Seven Mile Point

  1. Kristine says:

    FYI – there is now a charge to enter the conservancy at Seven Mile Point. Well worth the $7 per person, or $28 per car, or $25 annual fee….. I was the first one there today and even got in a skinny dip before anyone else showed up. Your pics don’t do the sandy part justice either. Very nice cove, glad I found your website! Thanks, I’ve hit 8 of the beaches in Houghton area this summer alone…. few more on my list too!

  2. Hi,

    I’m the volunteer Prez of the NWC. Just ran across your site for the first time. Love it!

    I posted a link to your site on the NWC site http://www.northwoodsconservancy.org

    We all especially like your statement: “The North Woods Conservancy owns this beach, making it ‘technically’ a private beach… but they own it privately to protect its public availability.” We’ve been trying to say this succinctly for years, and you nailed it. Exactly!

    The NWC got the Gratiot River Park for Keweenaw County (wrote the grants, footed the matching funds) and also owns the adjacent Gratiot River North, for a total of almost 9,000 contiguous feet of undeveloped Lake Superior shoreline. Most of the beach is cobble = agate hunting : )

    The NWC website has maps and directions and photos to all NWC Natural Areas.


  3. Also a minor correction: SMP is open every weekend and holiday from May 15 to October 15 (there is not reduced access in the fall).

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  5. john stenvig says:

    We were there over Labor Day weekend September 2014. The rock pickers had a field day as the beach was a windrow of small polished rocks. I did the swimming and jumped off the rocks too. Love doing that.

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