City of Hancock – City Parks

Hancock—The City of International Fellowship

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Hancock is the northernmost city in the state of Michigan. The city is home to roughly 5,000 residents and Finlandia University, the only private university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Resting on the northern shore of Portage Lake and the southern end of Copper Island, itself surrounded by Lake Superior, Hancock is a multi-season paradise for outdoor recreation. With moderate temperatures and an average annual snowfall well in excess of 200 inches, the Hancock area is a winter haven for skiing (both Nordic and Alpine), snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, and more. Summers witness abundant sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and late sunsets (Hancock is on the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone), all conducive to camping, hiking, biking, running, team sports, and countless other outdoor activities. And Copper Island is a destination location for fall color, regardless of your mode of transportation.


The City of Hancock’s recreation inventory includes a multi-purpose baseball/softball facility, a 71-site campground, a bathing beach, a waterfront boardwalk and pavilion, walking and biking paths, and multiple neighborhood parks. The parks collectively feature various playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, picnic areas, open space, an ice arena, and more. The City partners with other local organizations providing a world-class trail system for skiing, biking, and walking; a downhill ski area with tubing park; snowmobile trails; and, a marina.


The City of Hancock Parks and Recreation Expansion Fund is a special projects fund administered by the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The fund is used to improve, replace, expand, or acquire park or recreation facilities within the City of Hancock. Please consider donating to this fund and assisting the City of Hancock in continuing to provide highly desirable recreational opportunities to its residents and visitors.

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