Fort Wilkins State Historic Park

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Fort Wilkins State Historic Park

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Address
15223 US Highway 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918
United States
Regions: Copper Harbor
Phone
(906) 289-4215
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159 grass sites and 2 cabins on Lake Fanny Hooe. Open mid-May to mid-October. Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century arm ...
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159 grass sites and 2 cabins on Lake Fanny Hooe.

Open mid-May to mid-October.

Built in 1844 on the rugged shore of Lake Superior, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th century army life on the northern frontier. 19 buildings survive, 12 of them original structures dating from the 1840's. Exhibits, audio-visual programs, and living history interpret routine military life and the hardships of frontier isolation.

The Copper Harbor Lighthouse, including interactive exhibits, period rooms and interpretive trails may be visited by tour boat departing from the Copper Harbor Marina. Located in Fort Wilkins State Park, Fort Wilkins and the Copper Harbor Lighthouse are administered by the Michigan Historical Museum System, Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Fort Wilkins is open daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk, mid-May to mid-October.

Fort Wilkins Foot Trail: 4 miles - Biking, Cross Country Ski, Hiking.

Boat Launch: A hard-surfaced ramp, in areas of limited water depth or limited size of water body, where launching and retrieving of largest boats may be difficult and not recommended. The site is signed.

  • Courtesy Pier available.

  • Toilets available.

  • 4 parking spaces available at the access site.

  • 230 water acres.

  • Operated by Fort Wilkins State Park.

  • State Park Rules apply. A State Park entrance permit is required.

Events
Jul
22 Sun

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
23 Mon

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
24 Tue

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
25 Wed

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
26 Thu

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
27 Fri

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
28 Sat

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
29 Sun

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
30 Mon

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Jul
31 Tue

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1

Life of a Copper Miner

7:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Join Larry Molloy, Keweenaw County Historical President and author, to answer the question,
Aug
1 Wed

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Aug
2 Thu

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Aug
3 Fri

Fort Wilkins Future Historians

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Michigan Historical Center has future historian portray actual boys and girls that lived at Fort Wilkins.  they perform daily chores, play historic games, and ta

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Aug
4 Sat

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1
Aug
5 Sun

Fort Wilkins Living History Program

9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison.  Leave the present and join them in the year 1870!  Daily 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM June 15th through August 1

Growing up in a Copper Harbor commercial Fishing Company.

7:30 pm
Join Rich Jamsen, Copper Harbor resident and former Lighthouse Tour Guide in sharing his stories about Copper Harbor.  
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