Jun 27-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: Jun: Jun 27-03
Lake Medora    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew
Where is it?    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rick Anderson

Charlie at Pasty Central on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:07 am:

This week we have received an avalanche of requests for uploading and viewing our new photo gallery here at Pasty Central. If you haven't received your username and password, be patient, we hope to get caught up today. We've created a new email address especially for such requests: gallery@pasty.com. Mary Drew was among the first to try the feature, and I see there have already been some comments on Mary's pictures.

Our second shot is a place you may have seen on the Pasty Cam before, just not from this perspective. Any ideas? Our thanks to Rick Anderson for providing a summertime birds-eye view of the Keweenaw this week.

By John Samuli, New Mexico on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:17 am:

The Jacobsville lighthouse and breakwater, One of my favorite places to walk when I visit the Copper Coutry.

By Kerry, Mi on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:23 am:

The skypix picture of the Big Mac Bridge is a very nice background pic for your computer if anywould like to know. Especially with the freighter passing by, And another nice background wallpaper would be the jacobsville pic above.

By Chuck,Commerce MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:27 am:

Lake Medora, God's Country, what I'd give to be camping there right now, GREAT PICTURE!!!

By Dan, California on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:49 am:

Awesome pictures on pasty.com. I am a Copper Country native, transplanted to California about 25 years ago. The pasty cam gets me home for a few moments each day. Having grown up on the shores of Lake Superior, (Toivola) I really appreciate the great photos. One can physically move out of the 'Yoop', but the 'Yoop' never moves out of it's native sons and daughters. I miss the incredible sunsets, thunderstorms, pasty's, sauna's and the 'big lake'. This Suomalainen will be checking in...thanks for the link to home.

By Chris, IL on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:58 am:

I love that lighthouse near Jacobsville. That has my vote for W.O.W. When I was a student we used to, well, nevermind....

By Deb, Grand Rapids, MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:22 am:

I have to agree with Dan, California. I "discovered" this site myself in May and have been back every day since. I grew up in the Range towns, and moved away from the area 14 years ago. I still manage to get "home" every summer for a few days, but it never seems like enough time. Maybe one day I will be back for good. : ) Anyway, thank you for the beautiful pictures and your website.

By Bill in Alabama on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:24 am:

Medora Lake formerly known in the 50' as Mosquito Lake.

By Connie - Colorado on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:43 am:

Dan for California / Toivola:

You must have visited Agate Beach a lot living in Toivola. I love that place and made sure to take a walk on the shore there during my short visit last month. Did you live near the Toivola Lunch? Twin Lakes was also great - water warm enough to swim in!

By Bill, MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:59 am:

That is the light house at White City in Jacobsville (Portage entry).

By rose,mn on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 12:14 pm:

ive been there :)

By Billy R. Slimp, ArlingtonTX on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 12:57 pm:

These pics are great! I love lighthouses!

By J, Illinois on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 01:21 pm:

Where did the name for the lake (Medora) come from?

By Rachel, SCS, MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 01:39 pm:

Hey to Chuck in Commerce, MI. This is Rachel in St. Clair Shores. I had the same thought you did. I'll be leaving for the cabin in 10 days!

By John / New Hampshire on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 01:42 pm:

Didn't there used to be a KCRC picnic table on that little Lake Medora island? Oh, to be out at Jacobsville skipping stones on that placid water,....... keep up the awesome photography!

By Missin the UP from NJ on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 01:58 pm:

WOW-E-E-E! Zoom- I'm there! It's wonderful how all these great pics just draw you in.
Thank you, thank you!

By GARY,Westland,MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 02:11 pm:

Just watch out for the bird poop on that longggggg walk out to the light.

By Oh Yeah on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 02:18 pm:

From the archives
Photo by Peg Riemer

By Mary Drew on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 02:29 pm:

John/New Hampshire:
I only kayaked around Lake Medora one day, so I'm not positive, but I think the picnic table was on a smaller Island behind the one pictured above. Here's a shot of the table for you. If I hadn't reduced the size you could have even seen a Coke can sitting on the table!! It was a great day for kayaking, except the blackflies swarmed whenever I was in shallow water near the islands!

Medora - picnic table

Stan on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 02:43 pm:

To Dan/Cal. and Connie/ Colo.

Although I wasn't born in Toivola, I have spent a lot of time there. My grandfather's farm is at the end of Heikinen School Rd. I'm related in one way or another to probably half the people in Toivola. I get up there nearly every year at Labor Day for a family get-together.
Even though I live in the Lansing area, I still feel my deep roots in the Copper Country.
Yeah, Agate Beach, Twin Lakes, and Misery Bay--
What a great place to live!

By Skoviakclanmember on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 03:16 pm:

I see a few mentions of Twin Lakes. Oh how I miss the ole camp. Due to the distance I am unable to get back there as much as I would like. Our grandfather purchased the camp in Twin Lakes sometime in the late 1920's and all us family members enjoy it to this day. Hope to get there in August to buy a pasty at Krups, golf a round at Wyndotte(sp?) and swim, swim swim.

By Connie - Colorado on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 03:45 pm:

Don't forget jumping off that dock at Twin Lakes!!! We would walk to that little store near Donken, too, but it would never be open.

Agate Beach is perfect for so many things, walking on the shore for miles... searching for agates and pretty rocks...swimming (if you can take the cold!). They have a nice picnic area, too, if you can drag yourself away from the water. Public Access for FREE! Birch trees peeling all over too! Listen to the wind off the lake whispering in the trees!

When we would drive by the Toivola Lunch, we would look into that service station and there was a Terra Tiger parked in there. The perfect beach vehicle!

By Dan, California on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 03:52 pm:

For Connie in Colorado, & Stan
In fact it was Agate Beach and The Misery River Beach that I practically lived on during the summer. (Snowmobiled it in the winter) I worked at the Marathon gas station/Toivola Lunch through High School. Early 70's. My home was about a mile...plus and a good stones throw from Agate Beach. (Attended Heikkinen School) I really get homesick around this time of year. A good old fashioned/Americana 4th of July, fireflies, (Saski's too) fireworks, and the GOOD people that live there. My visits are too few, but oh the joy of returning home. My heart lives there. My mind & body work in California. Some day to return.

By Connie - Colorado on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:05 pm:

so Dan, Did you ever get to take a spin on that Terra Tiger?

By Cathy, Wyoming, soon to be Utah on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:23 pm:

I spent many a summer on Lake Medora in the little red a-frame prior to electricity. Our hope is to be able to retire on or near the lake in the not so distant future. We absolutely love it up there.

By Dan, California on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:36 pm:

Never rode that Terra Tiger.. although I have ridden in one before. Man those those things go back a few years...

By Connie - Colorado on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:39 pm:

My father owned one for a summer or two. First vehicle I ever drove and I nearly rolled it. You could take them on the water!

By Martha K., Pinckney, MI on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:56 pm:

So do you folks from Toivola know Toivo? He seems to have disappeared since his return to the UP. Surely he can't still be doing laundry!

By Dan, California on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 06:05 pm:

I know many Toivo's, since I grew up in Toivola area (no pun intended) I'm not sure which Toivo he is. I even had two uncles named Toivo. (I'm 100% Finn) From reading the pasty mail, it looks as though Toivo from Toivola had a hecka tour tho.

By sk, a lower yooper on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 08:18 pm:

I also grew up in the Range area, South Range to be exact. Will be heading up for the 4th and hope to catch the tail end of the Centennial Celebration. Nothing beats the Dollar Bay parade in the morning and following it up to South Range for the afternoon. It's the same parade just different faces. There's no place like home no matter where you roam. Happy 4th everyone.

By DEE CC on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 08:49 pm:


By Therese Dimet Michigan on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 09:07 pm:

what goes on the night before 4 of Julyas we are going to be up there then

By pcm on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 09:34 pm:

Both Dollar Bay and Lake Linden usually have a Street Dance on the evening of the Third of July, but Lake Linden always had fireworks after.

By Fort Wilkins Laundress on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 09:40 pm:

Near as I can tell, Toivo was gone for around 80 days, and only did laundry twice. He very well could be still doing his wash. Or maybe he has just gone deep to the woods to sooth his soul after all that travel and hustle and bustle. After all he did travel most of this country's busiest highways and vist some of it's biggest cities and lots of it's biggest tourist attractions. Maybe he'll surface in time for hunting season.

By Stefani, IL on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 09:51 pm:

Sigh, I'll be back home in 22 hours...

By Ken from da UP on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:40 pm:

J/Illinois, The name must have come from the Medora Mining Co. Just a thought.

By Ken from da UP on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:49 pm:

Thanks for the shot of the breakwall and lighthouse. I took a shot just like this one last year but Wal-Mart lost the film and pix. The only difference was, no gulls and the waves were breaking over the top of the wall. I was a little nervous coupla times. Seemed to be a long walk out there and back. :>) Mimi stayed close to the beach.

By Mary Lou on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 10:50 pm:

Deamland Hotel is a good place to be on the 3rd of July...All the Lake Linden and Bootjack crowd check in there with Jim.....a great place to meet and to find out who is "home" for the 4th

By Mike Mehrman, Michigan on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:26 pm:

Lower Entry Light, was just fishing along that pier last weekend.

By Mike Mehrman, Michigan on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:29 pm:

I just read in the Outdoor News about a calf that was killed by a wolf in Bootjack, does anyone know anything about this story?

By past believer on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:48 pm:

to cdc, ferndale Mi
I just read your comments about lansing forgetting the UP.
When I moved to Minnesota I worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives in St. Paul.
I have the Michigan house members on my favorite page. i probably E-Mail them more than I do the Minnesota House. this past winter I e-mailed the Michigan Gov. Because the Porkies ski hill was closed because porkies DNR workers could not find a water break, and the hill was in perfect condition Email me if you want

By past believer on Friday, June 27, 2003 - 11:52 pm:

sdc,ferndale mi
sorry for first post, I can't tell my c's from my s's

By D, Lake Linden MI on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 12:52 am:

Have you ever wanted to experience an old-fashioned, small town Fourth of July? The town park, by the water's edge, filled with townfolk and out-of-towners, waiting for night to allow the beautiful display of fireworks to light to sky right over the bay, where boaters are anhored awaiting to hear the ohs and ahs from shore, and while waiting, partaking in the live music, the local food and refreshment venders, along with the booths selling inexpensive fun items for the kids to spend their dollars on. If that's the kind of celebration you're looking for, then come to the Lake Linden town park and enjoy the holiday, held July 3rd. Town parade on the 4th.

By Dino on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 03:31 am:

Sorry, I am late for a response. Has anyone noticed the dates along the sections in the concrete out towards the Lower entry Lighthouse? I first noticed the dates the last time I was up at White City, while my parentís owned a cottage at Princess Point along Portage Lake. Well, to the photographer whom took a picture of my grandma and her reunion, which is posted on the website a while back, hope to see you up in the Keweenaw for the upcoming holiday. Kittos!

By Mary Lou on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 07:56 am:

Dee...What time do the festivities start at the park in Lake Linden?....It is a lovely spot...

By Mary on Saturday, June 28, 2003 - 09:11 am:

Mary Lou & anyone else interested!!

Festivities at the park in Lake Linden, start on the 3rd, with music by Boodie Creek - 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., fireworks at Dusk - 10:30 ($5000 display).
July 4th - Lions Club Pancake Breakfast - 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - LLHS Elem. School
Grand Patriotic Parade - 9:30
Music in the Park - Jan Arnold - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Veteran's Memorial Service - 1 p.m.
Races in the Park - 1:15 p.m.
Grand Stand contests in the Park - 3 p.m.
Decorated Bicycle Parade - 6:30 p.m.
Street Dance-American Legion, Post 90, featuring Brickhouse - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Come and enjoy!!


By JOHN-CANTON on Sunday, June 29, 2003 - 11:25 pm:

Indeed! Agate beach is a must on my visits.
But shss! The best thing about it is that there
are few PEOPLE there.
Great pics as usual.

By Connie - Colorado on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 12:46 pm:

Don't worry, John! You'll find that Agate Beach is just as you left it! It's a well kept secret so you should have plenty of peaceful visiting time with the great lake!

By CAROL, GREEN BAY WI on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 04:10 pm:


By Connie - Colorado on Wednesday, July 2, 2003 - 12:01 pm:

Hi Carol,
Agate Beach is a day trip away. Aurora is closer than you think, too!


Your little sister.

By j. illinois on Tuesday, July 8, 2003 - 01:34 pm:

Thanks Ken, that makes sense

By faye midland mich on Tuesday, September 9, 2003 - 10:46 pm:

Just finished 3 weeks at Lake Medore. I was in heaven.

By tom forsell melbourne, victoria on Thursday, July 1, 2004 - 11:01 am:

hi and nice photos of Lake Medora
We were there last summer and hope to get back again in a year or so.
noticed a few more cottages last year but its still real nice. hope to build a small cabin on our lot in the next couple of years and spend some summers there and catch up with an old friend from Detroit who is just finishing his house on the Lake and my family in the copper country.
good on ya
The australians

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