organized to celebrate the Portage Lake Lift Bridge,
which officially opened in 1959. The Bridge is a vital link between the
communities of Houghton and Hancock, and is a gateway to the rest of the
historic Keweenaw Peninsula.
The weekend celebration includes a wide
range of events including outdoor concerts,
sporting events, and the annual Bridgefest parade and Jon Davis Memorial
Fireworks. The waterfront is a scenic venue in which to browse exhibits
from local artisans, as well as a place to grab a quick snack in between
the many activities. Sponsored by the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of
Commerce, Bridgefest provides a variety of delicious foods and beverages
in the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park on Friday and Saturday.
To learn more about the history of the
Portage Lake Lift Bridge, you can visit the City of Houghton's
Historic Tour online or browse the
of Hancock’s history.