This park is one of the best I have visited in the Nation! The scenery is unspeakable beauty. Situated on the very tip of Copper Country in Copper Harbor, Michigan and the beginning of U.S. HWY 41 that makes its way all the way to Florida! On one side of the park you have views of the vast Lake Superior and on the other is breathtaking views of Lake Fanny Hooe. This lake is beautiful especially on a clear day and seeing the reflection of trees that line the lake can take your breath away. The grounds are well kept and restrooms and showers are always clean. The park offers plenty of hiking but the area is known for it's mountain biking! This is a common sport here, you will lose count the number of mountain bikes you see, they take it seriously here. On the park grounds is an old Army fort from the Civil War era. The buildings of this fort are immaculate and very well kept. This is a self guided tour and should take an hour or more to complete depending on how much you want to learn. During the Summer months they do a reinactment of the era with a firing of the cannon every morning. For those familiar with Michigan, I would say it is similar to Fort Mackinaw on Mackinaw Island, except this is free and just as good if not a more personal experience. The only downside I have about this park is the size of the campsites are a little small for my liking and when full, campers are on top of each other and this is another mostly open campground with little if no trees sperating campers from one another. There are shops, lodging and restaurants down the road. I can say I have not been impressed with any of the restaurants but I don't rate my campgrounds based on what's available to eat, I just point it out to give a general review of the area. Copper Harbor also offers one of two shipping docks that give you a ride to Isle Royal National Park, the other is in the Houghton/Hancock area which you pass on the way into the Penninsula. Taking the trip from Copper Harbor saves about 2 hours to the Island. These trips should be booked well in advance! Enjoy riding up one side of the Peninsula and driving down the other side for a drive only made for movies! Stop for ice cream, shop for jam, and drive through the paved block downtown Calumet. While in Calumet check out some of the most historic bars for good drinks and food as well as stories from the bartenders as they do a excellent job explaining the history of the bar!
Campground east is pretty but a lot of the sites seem uneven. The fort is really interesting. Lots of mtn. bike / foot trails. Dog friendly campground and fort. Although dogs are not allowed in buildings. Showers are nice, great water preasure. Horseshoe bay is pretty, wouldnt take a low riding car there especially if it rained recently. Brockway mtn. drive is really pretty. get a really nice biew of all copper harbor.
The Keewanaw Peninsula is a really neat part of Michigan and definitely deserves a visit. The whole way up to Copper Harbor is full of history and worthy places to visit. Copper Harbor sits at the tip of the peninsula and if you want to camp here there are really only two choices – the state park and the privately-owned Lake Fanny Hooe Resort and Campground. Fort Wilkins is a pretty cool campground because it’s set among the Fort Wilkins Historic Complex and a great place to explore (especially with kids and history buffs) and learn about the areas past without even leaving the park. The grounds are beautiful as this is a well-maintained nineteenth century military outpost. Many of the buildings have been lovingly restored and are now exhibits beckoning you to explore and learn about life and operations of the fort.
The campground is sandwiched between Lakes Fanny Hooe and Superior so either way you choose you have water. Lake Fanny Hooe is a long, skinny (and deep) lake that’s great for paddling, fishing, or just gazing at. The sites are pretty close together so you may get to know your neighbor like it or not. The park is full on weekend in the summer and for holidays so book early and expect crowds. There are two loops the “east” and the “west.” The west loop seems to have more trees and a little more privacy and wifi. If you can score site #10 it’s the best. Some sites have 50 amp while others are 30/20 amp with fire pits and picnic tables. Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground and there is a dump station available. Some really nice amenities are the fort for exploring and learning, a large playground for kids to play, pavilions for groups to gather, on-site laundry (not very common in state parks), and water access. Definitely bring a fishing pole and watercraft if you have them.
This area is a launching point for those wanted to visit Isle Royale National Park and draws many outdoor enthusiasts with its mountain biking trails, water activities, and hiking. When it is summer, Copper Harbor comes alive with outdoor activities. Numerous outfitters will rent gear for you to explore the area and enjoy the summer months. We loved that there are numerous trails skirting the grounds that make a nice walk. Nothing strenuous but nice to be able to stretch our legs and give the dog some exercise.
We visited sight unseen and were pleasantly surprised! The sites were well maintained and clean. Every day after checkout I saw park employees policing up left behind rubbish.
The sites are smallish, but I didn't feel like we were on top of one another. We lucked out with good neighbors.
There are modern toilets and hot showers as well as a laundry facility if needed. The camp host was a wealth of information and a great resource.
Could have cared less about cell service, so I have no idea if it was available.
I do recommend camping on the lake side - bugs weren't too bad except in the evening.
Great family spot.
I spent two nights in Fort Wilkins during August of 2016. The weather was beautiful, not too hot during the day, cool for sleeping at night. There is a plethora of things to do in the area, I highly recommend a visit to the Fort in addition to heading out on Lake Fanny Hoe in a kayak or canoe. The bathhouse was small, but the showers were indoors instead of the usual outside entrance. They also provide free wifi from the bathhouses. The park staff were all wonderful, including the actors at the Fort. I loved it so much I'm coming back again this summer!
This is our favorite place. Lake Fanny Hooe is beautiful no matter what the weather is. The campground is great!
The camp staff was very friendly and the view of Lake Fanny Hooe is absolutely beautiful. The showers and bathrooms are modern and kept very clean. The fort is also free to enter and within a short walking distance from the campground down a trail along the lake.
Absolutely love Fort Wilkens. Clean rest rooms. Roomy campsites. Beautiful landscape. Beautiful scenery. Great campfire pits. Awesome experience. First time here. Would definately recommend & definately go back.
Excellent for birding, lots of history here with the fort right on site. Swim, tour the lighthouse, bike around. Nice nearby town. Campsites are wooded, some close to the south of this little strip of land by Lake Fanny Hooe (great name). Pretty standard state park facilities, clean and kept up well. All-around feel is very Michigany!
What a great place to spend some time. The park is beautiful and near to fun little towns and attractions. The sites are decent sized and bathrooms clean. It was a bit less rustic than we expected, but we also spent more time doing touristy stuff than we expected so the less rustic worked out well.