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Fort Wilkins State Park

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Address: 15223 US-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918
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+1 906-289-4215

An army outpost that kept order in this wilderness outpost in the 1840s.

An army outpost that kept order in this wilderness outpost in the 1840s.

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A fort to visit during the summer months

We visited on a cold day before the fort opened and it was still fun to walk through and read the historic information on the plaques scattered throughout the site.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mundelein, Illinois
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Mundelein, Illinois
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169 reviews
59 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a cold day before the fort opened and it was still fun to walk through and read the historic information on the plaques scattered throughout the site.

Thank bikerMary
Livonia, Michigan
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101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a historical park as well as a state campround. Very quiet at nice except for the wind and waves on Lake Superior or the bell buoy if the big lake is calm. The east campground had a bathhouse built by the CCC using poor rock (copperless rock) from local mines. The fort was only ever used for show... More 

1 Thank Sue L
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129 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

MUST do this if you are in the area - -plenty of places to camp, hike, walk in the water - -look for agates.

Thank Judy C
Trout Lake, Michigan
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40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Built in the 1800s to protect the first mining rush, for copper, that founded many of the old Boston family fortunes. Very pure copper nuggets can still be found naturally on the ground. Imagine hoe very isolated this fort would have been. On an isthmus between Lake Superior and a large inland lake.

Thank SandyRShaw
Leonard, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Unique place to visit in the far north near copper harbor Did you know this is the northern end of an old army rd that runs all the way to florida great restoration on old buildings and great guides there during summer State park with campground also See the northern lights there when sky is clear

1 Thank James M
Bellaire, MI
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269 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We had read a little about the fort, but had no idea there would be so many buildings and so many informational set ups. The history was very interesting. The fort portion of the park was well maintained. Nice scenery on Lk Fanny Hooe. Would recommend visiting if you are in the Copper Harbor area.

1 Thank Bellaire56
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Fort Wilkins was built in Copper Harbor in the mid 19th century as a base to police the mining boom. It never saw any real action as such and fell into disrepair but has been restored as a fort museum. I thoroughly enjoyed going through each area of the fort and seeing the artifacts. It takes about two hours to... More 

Thank Paul M
St. Louis, MO, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We loved Fort Wilkins State Park. The fort itself was superb with some of the best interpretation and exhibits for this type of historical exhibit we've ever seen.

Thank RoamingCamper
Wyoming, Michigan
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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

A breathtaking site and makes you realize the beauty of nature and why the Indians wanted to preserve the land.. We should all appreciate and endeavor to maintain what we have for the future ..

Thank wrightjerbabe
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Campground was good; nice and clean showers/restroom. Fort was very educational. The playground i the common area was great for the kids.

Thank TravelLover1977_11

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