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Copper Harbor, Michigan

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

Copper Harbor, Michigan



15223 U.S. 41
Copper Harbor, Michigan 49918
Phone: (906) 289-4215

Sites: 159
Recent Rate: $26 9/2016

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Latitude: 47.467441118915
Longitude: -87.86187171936
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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32 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

What a wonderful campground. We were in the west campground. 50 pull through with nice paved spot. No water or sewer. Our spot was roomy, quite and private. It was also well shaded. The east campground seemed more open, less shade, gravel small spaces but better wifi. All interior roads are paved and it is very easy to get to. Restrooms and showers clean but dated. Wifi was only good at restrooms. Verizon coverage was weird. There were spots that worked. A cell booster would hook you up but unfortunately our power supply failed. We did get some coverage in our spot

The campgrounds were immaculate. The hosts had coffee made each morning and were very helpful with things to do and see on the Keweenaw Peninsula. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
142 West Campground
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You can walk to town, about 1/2 mile and you can walk to the Copper Harbor Lighthouse overlook. There are nice trails along the lake and the Fort is worth the time to walk around.

We also drove over to check out the competition at Fanny Hoe. Hands down stay in the State Park.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a large facility, kept very clean and beautiful by the state. The entrance to register is at the entrance to the state park which is also the entrance to East Campground. But we had to backtrack half a mile to enter the West Campground after registering. I'm glad I picked a site for an RV of 30' even though we are 25'. The site we booked was deep enough for 30 but gave us a bit of a buffer from the road. The site map showed our site at the edge of Lake Fanny Hooe but there is a thicket of trees there. The water is barely visible and is on the other side of the road. But also on the other side of the road is a place to park another vehicle, if we'd needed it, but we don't tow anything. There are hot showers and good toilets though the shower water pressure drops a bit when a toilet flushes. There are outdoor spigots on the shower building to hook up to onboard potable water. The dump station also has two potable water filling stations and this is good tasting water. Our site was mostly dirt. Any gravel once there has long since been covered with dirt. The site was not quite level side to side but it didn't take much to level up. We were 2 sites down from the bath house. I picked up the free WiFi at the bathhouse in the evening and held it all the way back to our site. But I couldn't pick it up from our site again in the morning. The campground host site was just behind us and there is free coffee in the morning any time after 7am along with local information and the weather channel radio playing. There is a laundry in the East Campground at $2.50 in coin each for washer and dryer. You can take a walking path to Fort Wilkins or walk across Highway 41 to a platform to view the Cooper Harbor Lighthouse. This is quite a nice state park. We've found a lot to like about Michigan State Parks overall. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
West 171
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walk to Fort Wilkins; walk across highway to lighthouse viewing platform.

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Review Count: 104
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Pretty, wooded, State Park on Lake Fanny Hooe, very close to Copper Harbor. West Campground, Sites 140-160 are best for Big Rigs. These are spacious, shaded sites, with electric (some 50-amps), some Lakefront. Narrow, paved interior roads, some sites gravel, some paved. Nice walking trail along lake. We would stay here again. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 144
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We were looking for a campground that would allow us to explore the northern end of the Keweenaw Peninsula. We're self contained and don't use the facilities except for an occasional shower. We stayed on a weeknight in August.

There are 2 sections to this campground - east and west with Fort Wilkins in between. We stayed at the west campground. The staff was friendly and helpful. The campground was clean and well maintained. Sites were mostly shaded. Sizes of the sites varied. There was limited wifi, best accessed near the rest rooms - picnic tables gave it away. There is no Verizon/ATT coverage. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
138
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

All sites in the west CG were a short walk from Lake Fanny Hooe. There were nice walking trails to Copper Harbor, Fort Wilkins, lighthouse viewing and the boat ramp. There were trails to the very point of the Keweenaw Peninsula that were best suited for off road and not road bicycles.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

It was cool to say we were at Michigan's most northern point. We had been on the road for days and the showers and Wifi were awesome to have again. My kids loved playing in the fort. It was difficult to get them to leave. There were tons of buildings to go in and out of and they enjoyed learning about the people that used to live there. The best part about the fort was that it was free! Watch the video from day 5 of our trip for our video review https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLi7JF5TWttNWLYJuM4UlDZUl Ng_uz7BIc or https://youtu.be/J8YRFrsb_QY. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 55

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate is for a 30 amp back-in site in the West Campground and does not reflect the required daily entry fee or annual pass at $31 each for motorhome and towed vehicle. There are two distinct campgrounds, the West and the East. We were glad that our site, 110, was in the West Campground where there is vegetation between sites to provide some privacy. The East campground is much more open and sites share a power pedestal, which can be a long ways from a campsite. Our site was reasonably level and had just enough space for our 27 foot motorhome and towed Honda CRV. We had good 30 amp power. Water fill for a holding tank is at the dump station coming into the campground. We were able to get Verizon data using our MiFi device with our Wilson amp and roof-top antenna. We had no Verizon voice. We were not able to get satellite, even with our portable dish, because of tree cover. A few of the sites have some views of a smallish lake; we did not have a view. Overall, this was the nicest Michigan State Park of the several that we visited during our time in the state. We would return again. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
110
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fort Wilkins, with restored and/or reconstructed structures is only a short walk from the campgrounds. It is well done with some interesting exhibits. We also used the campground as a base for an overnight visit to Isle Royale National Park.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Woman at registration was curt & rude from the start. We stayed in the loop that supposedly could accomodate large RV's. But we didn't know the roads were going to be very, very narrow! Everyone has to park their car real close to the road so it makes it nerve racking driving in. Not much room to navigate into your site. Trees close to the narrow road. You WILL brush up against trees, no doubt. If you're picky about your rig then stay elsewhere. Wish I had. Other than it not being accessible to big rigs it is a very nice park. The fort is neat to see. Not much to Copper Harbor but it's nice. My advice is to stay in Houghton and make a day trip to Copper Harbor. Unless you don't care about scratching your RV. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
147
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Awesome camping atmosphere! Was a bit crowded on the weekend but still fairly quiet. Paved roads. Some sites are suited to tents and are listed on the reservation site as unlevel. RV sites of various sizes, and are fairly level. The historic nature of the park has lots to offer as well. Great job by the state of Michigan! We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss touring the fort!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

A family oriented park with beautiful hiking trails, multiple swimming "holes" and the historic Fort that is open daily and into the late evening for viewing. They really don't have a beach, they do not have a lifeguard.

Phone reception is horrible (none for Verizon). WiFi cuts out often, was best at the shower rooms.

The camp sites are very dirty/sandy (actual dirt) and had lots of wood chips/bark that our dogs ate. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Number
18
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Must travel Brockway mountain drive for the scenic view. "THIMBLEBERRY FUDGE SHOP" YUM! This store is less expensive than the Ft. Wilkins gift shop. Best fudge in the UP including Mackinac.

Take boat tour of lighthouses.

The 41 artist shop is full of very expensive novelty items.

Eagle Harbor is a quaint little jaunt up the road with a gorgeous view of the lake.

Be sure to grocery shop prior to going Copper Harbor.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Every site in the West Campground was filled when we arrived on a beautiful, sunny fall Friday afternoon. But, since we had no reservations, we took what they had available. Our older, back-in site in the West Campground was not designed for newer RVs. Although they have some trees and bushes between sites, they are relatively narrow and very short. Only the new, long pull-through sites at the west end of the West Campground are really designed for 5th wheels and motorcoaches with toads and also face the lake. The East Campground was initially closed, but was later opened due to a much larger than expected weekend crowd. The East CG sites are much more open, with no privacy at all, but some are paved and others back up to the lake or the woods. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
106
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The self-guided tour of Ft. Wilkins was very informative, with well-done displays of 19th century life at a very remote military post.

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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful state park as many if not most in Michigan are. We stayed in a very spacious electric only site. The power was ample and stable. Although we didn't make use of the bathhouse facilities, they appeared to be clean. The grounds on the whole were spotless. There was WiFi available at the bathhouses, but the signal was quite weak causing you to have to sit on the bench outside for access. Cellular was non-existent. Kinda nice really. The only thing I would caution visitors about are the regular cannon shots from the neighboring fort. They are quite loud as are the echoes across the lake. Really startled our dog the first couple of times. All in all we really enjoyed our stay here. We will return some day I hope. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Fort Wilkins. Very interesting. Also there are some nice shops in town a half mile bike ride away.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Enjoyed this park as the Cooper Harbor area is stunning. Sites are level and paved. Most sites are on the smallish size. The campground is lightly wooded. There was no Verizon cell/MIFI service in Cooper Harbor. Would stay here again. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow! This place is terrific. We were not on the water but our campsite was very private and clean as a whistle. Beautiful facilities everywhere in the Park. Loved the walking/biking path to nearby Copper Harbor and to the Fort. We went to the presentations at the Fort every night and to an Arts & Crafts show in Copper Harbor. This is a super base for exploring the Keweenaw Peninsula. We were in site 101 in the West Campground. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the newer west campground, which is easy to find after checking into the ranger station.  The campground is located on Lake Fanny Hooe, with the common area on the lakefront providing nice views to many campsites.  The campground hosts set up morning coffee with their display of area brochures.  And on Saturday night, the campground hosts helped each of us to make yummy bread on a stick.  Within a short walk is Fort Wilkins, a no-cost historical site which allowed dogs.  We took our dog, and took turns visiting each of the buildings.  The nightly ranger talk was enjoyable.  And just across the road is access to Lake Superior at the rocky beach. There is little in town to interest me, and the restaurants were uninspired at best.  We drove to the northernmost point of Highway 41 which is the road all the way to Miami.  About 2 miles beyond the start of Highway 41, on a seasonal rut-filled dirt road is a very beautiful secluded Horseshoe Bay. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 124
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park with east and west sections on either side of the excellent Fort Wilkins pre civil war U.S.Army fort well kept with exhibits in the buildings explaining how and why this then remote fort was built on the extreme of the Keweenaw peninsula of the UP in 1844. I stayed in the east section which was well grassed with a moderate number of trees, sites well spaced with tarmac drives but sites grass and some gravel, very clean bath and hot showers. No on camp site water or sewer but dump station. They now have free WiFi, but it is very slow. My big gripe (also very true of McLain State Park) is that most of the electrical outlet posts are between the sites,some in undergrowth, way back from the drives, and many sites are irregularily unlevel. I had one of the very few level sites with a conveniently placed electrical outlet post. For most you will need a very long extension cord. The campground borders a cliff edge over Lake Fanny Hooe and across the highway is Lake Superior with a lighthouse. A very nice place save for the poorly placed electrical outlets for which I rate is an 8. We camped at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park in a Motorhome.

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