July 30, 2018

Camping at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

Copper Harbor, MI

If you’re looking for a campground in the Copper Harbor area, you’ll quickly find that your options are limited. Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is one of three options currently available for campers and in my opinion, has the best to offer for what you pay.

 

Lake Fanny Hooe Lake Fanny Hooe

The park itself features a restored 1844 military outpost. The outpost was created in order to keep law, order, and protection for the mining community. It contains many buildings that show what life was like at the fort as well as hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, and a public boat launch on Lake Fanny Hooe.

The campground is broken into two loops; the west loop and the east loop. The east loop contains sites 1 through 81 and the west contains sites 1001 to 179, as well as the Lake Fanny Hooe Cabin and a Mini Cabin. Both loops have modern bathrooms with showers and electric hookups. The Fort Wilkins Foot Trail connects both campgrounds on its 4-mile loop.

 

Hammock on Fort Wilkins Site 56 site 56

 

We stayed in the east loop on site 56. Our site was well spaced with a decent amount of privacy between sites. It backed up to the foot trail and while there was some space between us and the trail, we could hear and see people walking on it. The bathrooms and showers were very clean. One thing to keep in mind during the busy season is there are only 3 showers in the east loop. There weren’t very many people camping while we were there. The showers were always available and the water was always hot.

Fort Wilkins Site 56

 

While our site was spacious, the sites in the middle of the roads were quite cramped. With one or two reserved, it would be fine but if full, expect to be right next to your neighbors.

Overall this is a very nice modern campground.

Rental Information

Cost to stay at the campground depends on seasonal and the amount of electricity required.

20/30 amp

  • $25
  • Off Season Rate: $20

50 amp

  • $29
  • Off Season Rate: $24

Directions

To get to Fort Wilkins from Copper Harbor, following US-41 N out of town for about 0.9 miles. You will reach the west loop. Continue for about half a mile to reach the east loop.

For more information, visit Michigan DNR’s Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.


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