Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor Lighthouse Visitor Information

Location | Admission | Dates & Hours | Special Events | How Much Time? | Accessibility | More Info


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U.S. 41
Copper Harbor, MI 49918


Fort Wilkins and the Copper Harbor Lighthouse are located in Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, one mile east of Copper Harbor on U.S. 41.


Admission to Fort Wilkins is free. A Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport is required for entry to the park. 

2018 Season Dates and Hours

Fort Wilkins is open daily from May 18 through October 14, 8:30 a.m. to dusk.

The Copper Harbor Lighthouse is closed for the 2018 season.

Special Events

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Fort Wilkins

How Much Time?

Please allow two hours for your visit to the fort. The park also offers camping, picnicking, hiking and other seasonal activities.

Pets: Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcomed on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. For further information, please refer to the DNR web page, Pets in State Park Campgrounds.


Fifteen buildings at Fort Wilkins are accessible to people with a mobility impairment. An interactive computer provides a tour of areas that cannot be reached by people unable to use stairs. Designated parking is available.

For More Information

For a walking tour map and the history of the 1844 fort, we recommend the book Fort Wilkins: Today and Yesterday and the 30-minute video, Keweenaw Copper: A Michigan Story.

Send us an e-mail or telephone 906-289-4215.

Find out about college internship opportunities that may be available at this historic site.

Updated 05/31/2018