City of Houghton
Virtual brochure and information for the City of Houghton, one of many online travel brochures for tourist information in Houghton, MI. Provided by your source for Mackinaw Information and Mackinac Information.
616 Sheldon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
The Word’s Out
"Houghton is one of the best 100 places to live." ("The 100 Best Small Towns in America" by Norman Crampton)
It’s not a bad place to visit, either.
Situated on the hills bordering beautiful Portage Waterway, Houghton offers a bounty of recreational opportunities all year long.
Our renowned waterfront provides adventure and relaxation for a multitude of interests and is supplemented by various neighborhood parks and trails.
An abundance of free parking and docking ensures easy access to public utilities, lodging facilities and restaurants.
Our Historic Downtown District is comprised of small businesses and shops forming a welcoming community whose rich heritages provide the visitor with unique choices.
Long known as a "jumping off spot" to the Keweenaw’s famous waters and woods, Houghton is also home to many activities and attractions. Residents and visitors alike find that Houghton is their kind of place.
The Waterfront Park is considered by many to be the recreational hub of Houghton. Offering RV camping, swimming, picnic grounds, playgrounds, a band shell and pavilion.
West end of the waterfront trail - Chutes & Ladders - Weekly Concerts in the Park - Public Swimming Beach - RV Park - Nara Nature Park
East of the bridge, Brideview Park offers more public docks, fishing piers, picnic areas, and part of the Historic Houghton Walking Tour.
Boaters will appreciate the waterfront’s public docks, boat launch and personal water craft beach.
The award winning Waterfront Trail serves as a 4 mile paved avenue for walkers, cyclists, skaters, and joggers. Linking Waterfront Park, downtown Houghton, MTU campus, Peepsock and Nara Nature Parks, it offers a safe and quiet place to exercise and enjoy nature.
The Historic Downtown District’s shops and restaurants are housed in classic Copper Boom era buildings.
Houghton’s dedication to public recreation can also be seen in its various neighborhood parks.
Celebrating the Seasons
- MTU’s Winter Carnival
- Bridgefest’s Great Cardboard Boat Regatta
- Fall Color Tour
Smart Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation Zone
MTEC’s "Powerhouse" Business Incubator
- Two free public museums and a walking tour share our history and heritage.
- Dee Museum, Historic Houghton Walking Tour, Carnegie Museum
And Our Future
Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) takes advantage of the area’s technology to attract and assist high-tech businesses. Members enjoy access to university R&D, business development programs, consulting services, low cost rent, and business services. For more information, visit: www.mtecsmart.com
When in Houghton, enjoy the services of our Motor Transit Line featuring:
Downtowner Service: This one-hour route between Michigan Technological University and The Copper Country Mall features convenient scheduled stops and can be flagged down anywhere along its route.
Demand Service: Door-to-door service for residents of the City of Houghton
Evening Service: Door to door service within the city limits is provided... while Michigan Tech is in session.