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Spring rolls into the Keweenaw and you know what that means- another cleanup for the local trails, beaches and in the woods. The Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition hosts the cleanup and invites all user groups and individuals interested in keeping the Keweenaw clean to pitch in.


The Campout

Northology has been gathering a crew for the past four years of the KORC Spring Cleanup and three years ago decided to make it into a weekend campout event with the Cleanup as the centerpiece. Past years have included bonus activities like a tour of the Open Skies Project and we were treated to a ride along the shores of Lake Superior by Keweenaw Boat Tours and a spectacular northern lights display in 2023. This time around, we partnered with the Delaware Mine to tour the facility after the KORC Cleanup and Cookout.


Many thanks to Trails End Campground for hosting us, to Redridge Industries for sponsoring the event and to our other partners that support us and who donated giveaways including MidlandUSA, MOORE Expo, Radio Chatter, Northern Chill, All Dogs Offroad Co-op, True North Outpost and Tacticool Firepits. Thanks also to the almost 30 people who came up with us to serve the Copper Harbor community by pitching in!

The Cleanup

“What an incredible turnout! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to make the annual KORC Keweenaw Clean-Up such a success. We removed a lot of trash from roads and trails, waysides, and cleared some legacy dumps. The Keweenaw keeps getting g cleaner because of all of your incredible efforts. Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters, and the clubs and businesses who donated volunteer prizes.”

“Over 3,600 pounds of trash was removed from access roads, trails, beaches, and historic sites all across the Keweenaw.
Over 90 volunteers worked across the Keweenaw to make this year’s Clean-Up a tremendous success. Together we collected over 3,600 pounds of trash from areas like High Rock Bay, Horseshoe Harbor, Keystone Bay, the Mandan Road loop, Schlatter Lake, Bete Grise Preserve, Thayer Lake, Lac La Belle/Gay Road, Fish Cove, Hoar Lake, Hunter’s Point, Brockway Mountain Drive, Manganese Bridge Road, The Delaware Shortcut, Brunette Park, Lizzadro Lakeshore Preserve, Copper Harbor streets, and motorized trails starting from as far south as Calumet.”