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Keweenaw Star offers scenic sunset tours, specialty cruises

June 24, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON -From rockin' oldies cruises to relaxing sunset tours, Keweenaw Excursions offers a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience in the Copper Country.

Now in its 10th season, Keweenaw Excursions offers locals and visitors a variety of scenic tours and specialty cruises along the Portage Canal and waterways of Lake Superior aboard the Keweenaw Star.

"Come on down for a ride," co-owner and captain Kraig Funkey said. "It's just a lot of fun, family-friendly entertainment."

Evening sunset and sightseeing cruises along the Portage Canal are available Tuesday through Saturday and offer a relaxing, two and a half hour journey for locals and visitors. The Keweenaw Star features a scenic upper deck and an air conditioned cabin with a full-service bar for snacks, cocktails and other refreshments indoors or outdoors. Boarding time is 6:30 p.m. with departure at 7 p.m.

The Keweenaw Star is also available for private parties. Whether it's a wedding party or family reunion, Keweenaw Excursions can accommodate.

This summer, Kraig said they're offering a variety of new cruises as well as continuing some of their passenger's favorites.

On July 3, Keweenaw Excursions will once again be cruising to Lake Linden for the fireworks display. The annual fireworks cruise will depart from Dee Stadium at 8:30 p.m., navigating the canal to Torch Lake.

"This is one of our most popular cruises," Kraig said, adding they drop anchor right next to the display. "The sound you hear is incredible. Torch Lake is like a bowl so you hear the echo bouncing off the land around you."

On top of that, he said, you've got the best seat in the house.

"The view from the water is unlike anything you'll experience from land," he said. "Not only that, you don't have to fight a crowd or traffic. Let us do the driving."

Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available during the cruise. Passengers can expect to return to the Dee by 12:30 or 1 a.m.

On July 17, Keweenaw Excursions is featuring its first-ever New Country Music cruise.

"We're going to have appetizers and new style country music provided by Eagle Radio," Kraig said.

The cruise will depart from Dee Stadium at 7 p.m.

In celebration of Lake Superior Day, Keweenaw Excursions is inviting locals and visitors on a scenic cruise to Ontonagon July 19.

"This is also something new we're doing," Kraig said. "We're going to be running two or three cruises out of Ontonagon."

Along the way, passengers can take in the sights, including Fourteen Mile Point Lighthouse and the Porcupine Mountain area from Lake Superior.

Departure time is set for 6 a.m.

The annual Keweenaw Lighthouse Cruise, which features 10 lighthouses of the Keweenaw, is scheduled for July 26.

"We do a complete lap around the Keweenaw Peninsula," Kraig said of the 10-hour tour. "Some of the lighthouses you'll see are Five Mile Point, Gull Rock, Manitou Island and Jacobsville. If you enjoy lighthouses, this is the cruise you should not miss."

On Aug. 7, music lovers will have the chance to board the Keweenaw Star for its Rockin' Oldies cruise, also presented by Eagle Radio.

"They'll be playing classic rock and roll music from the 50s and 60s," he said.

Departure time is 7 p.m.

Once again the Keweenaw Star will be going to Marquette for a four-day visit in August. Anyone who is interested in riding down can do so. Call for a reservation.

Some of the lighthouses passengers will see along the way are the Huron Islands, Big Bay Point, Granite Island and Marquette.

While in Marquette, Kraig said they will tour around Presque Isle Park, Upper Harbor and dock at Lower Harbor.

"We will be running cruises each day," he said.

Musical entertainment will be on board Friday and Saturday. The Flat Broke Blues Band will perform Friday and the Flying Martini Brothers will perform Saturday.

To book a cruise, call the Marquette Maritime Museum at 906-226-2006.

Capping of Keweenaw Excursion's season is the Ultimate Lighthouse Adventure tour in September.

"Give us a call to find out more," Kraig said.

For more information, call Keweenaw Excursions at 482-0884 or visit

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Keweenaw Excursions of Houghton. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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