Fort Wilkins Visitor Information

Season Dates and Hours | Admission | Location | Parking | Amenities Site Map Photography | Accessibility | Pets

View of the parade grounds at Fort Wilkins. Canon in center of image.Please allow two hours for your visit to the fort. The park also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, and other seasonal activities. Please note that the Copper Harbor Lighthouses are currently closed for tours. 

2021 Season Dates and Hours

Fort Wilkins is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to dusk, from May 17 through October 17.

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

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Fort Wilkins is located in Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, one mile east of Copper Harbor on U.S. 41.

Our address is: 

15223 U.S Highway 41, 
Copper Harbor, MI 49918

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Free parking is available in the park for vehicles with a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport.

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While visiting Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, the following amenities are available:

  • Park store
  • Limited wireless access to the Internet
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area

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Download a PDF map of the parade grounds.

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Personal photography without flash for private use is permitted in the visitor center and on the grounds. Photographs may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed for commercial purposes.

Photography for weddings and other special events is allowed on the grounds and in the buildings during regular open hours with advance permission. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time.

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Fifteen buildings at Fort Wilkins are accessible. Designated parking is available. Service animals are always welcomed.

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Pets accompanied by and under the control of their human friends are welcome on the grounds of this site. Pets may not enter any building. For more information, see the Department of Natural Resources Pet-Friendly Rules

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Please email us at or telephone 906-475-7857.


Updated 06/25/2021