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Brockway Mountain Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

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The drive up Brockway Mountain begins at the west end of Copper Harbor, across M-26 from the Copper Harbor Marina. The first 1/4 mile or so is a steep up leading the first lookout over the harbor. It continues on for about 3 more miles to the top, with many pull-offs along the way, any of which are good for hawk watching. The peak allows for a 360-degree view over the forests and Lake Superior.

The best hawk watching does not require much walking at all. There are a few hiking trails that spur off the parking area which are pretty rustic.

The area around the mountain is known as “Hawk Highway” because of the many raptors flying over in spring and fall. 18 North American raptors have been sighted here. Common ravens can be quite entertaining and they “play” and soar like kites along the cliffs. South and southwest winds give rise to the best migratory birding. Find a good vantage point, set up a chair and enjoy the show.
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