Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

Fort Wilkins State Park

In 1843, before the California Gold Rush, Copper Harbor sparked the nation’s first major mining boom, attracting droves of prospectors. The federal government, fearing clashes with the Ojibwa, erected Fort Wilkins in 1844 to maintain order. Despite shrinking garrison numbers, the fort operated until 1870, later transforming into a recreational site and eventually a Michigan state park. Today, Fort Wilkins serves as a preserved glimpse into 19th-century military life, offering educational programs and exhibits.


  • Wifi Available
  • Public Washrooms
  • Paved Parking Lot
  • Paved Road
  • Handicap Accessible

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15223 US-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49950, United States.

Latitude: 47.4676544, Longitude: -87.8619897

Contact Info

  • Phone: 906-289-4215
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