Hi there!

 

So you’re planning a camping trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the Western UP!

Camping at the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground means that you’ll be right near the inland lake of Lake Fanny Hooe…

 

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Lake Fanny Hooe camping at fort wilkins historic state park campground. michigan historic state parks. up michigan travel blog

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And you won’t be too far from Lake Superior!

 

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And then of course you will be right near the historic fort of Fort Wilkins!

 

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Lake Fanny Hooe camping at fort wilkins historic state park campground. michigan history in keweenaw peninsula, upper peninsula. up michigan travel blog

 

One google review refers to Fort Wilkins Historic State Park as the “Greenfield Village of the UP.”

This is in reference to the “outdoor museum” nature of how you can explore the historic army post of Fort Wilkins.

Fort Wilkins does not compare to metro Detroit’s Greenfield Village in size, but you can imagine what life may have been like back in the day by walking through the various buildings to learn about what they were used for when the area was a vibrant outpost.

In “normal times” there are interpretive actors for a “living history” type experience. This did not happen in 2020 because of public health reasons, and you can check Michigan state parks for updates on the 2021 status.

Side note: Another outdoor museum and historic area turned historic state park in the UP is Fayette Historic State Park.

 

 

First, some quick things to know about the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. 

Then, a bit on how to make camping reservations.

 

 

Things to know about camping in Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

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road to fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

road to fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

 

1. Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is located at the far northern tip of “mainland” Michigan.

This makes it the northernmost Michigan state park! Fort Wilkins State Park is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula, near Copper Harbor.

 

 

2. The campground sits right on the inland lake of Lake Fanny Hooe.

Lake Fanny Hooe camping at fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe camping at fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe camping at fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

 

3. You can take a lakeside trail right from the campground to have a walk with lake views.

Lake Fanny Hooe hiking trail near fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe hiking trail near fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe hiking trail near fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe hiking trail near fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

Lake Fanny Hooe hiking trail near fort wilkins state park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

 

4. It’s possible to get a campsite with some lake views.

You can see a little bit of Lake Fanny Hooe from some of the campsites. And even if you don’t see the lake clearly, you will never be too far from getting at least a glimpse of the lake!

 

Fort Wilkins State Park campground with lake view campsites. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins State Park campground with lake view campsites. up michigan travel blog

 

 

5. There is a small beach for swimming at Lake Fanny Hooe.

This is a rocky beach so you might want to wear water shoes!

 

Fort Wilkins State Park campground swimming beach at lake fanny hooe. up michigan travel blog

 

No lifeguard, though!

 

Fort Wilkins State Park campground swimming beach at lake fanny hooe. up michigan travel blog

 

 

6. The campground is for tent camping and RV camping

…and other types of camping!

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tent camping at Fort Wilkins State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

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rv camping at Fort Wilkins State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

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7. There are some “pull-through” for RV camping.

You can drive straight through your campsite.

 

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8. There are cabins at Fort Wilkins State Park.

Similar to camping but your shelter is provided! Bring your own everything. See more about mini-cabins in Michigan state parks.

 

 

9. The Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is a “modern” campground.

Compared to a “rustic” campground.

 

 

10. You can get electricity at your Fort Wilkins campsite.

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Fort Wilkins State Park campground electricity. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins State Park campground electricity. up michigan travel blog

 

 

11. There are regular bathrooms along with hot water showers.

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Fort Wilkins State Park campground bathrooms, hot water showers. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins State Park campground bathrooms, hot water showers. up michigan travel blog

 

 

12. There are faucets throughout the campground for drinking water.

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13. There’s a garbage dumpster for campers.

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14. There’s an RV dump station.

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15. You can buy firewood onsite near the campground office.

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Because of invasive species that could come with wood brought from elsewhere, it’s always best to buy your firewood locally.

 

 

16. You can take the lakeside trail from the campground to the area of the old army post.

Trail from Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground to outdoor fort museum. up michigan travel blog

Trail from Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground to outdoor fort museum. up michigan travel blog

Trail from Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground to outdoor fort museum. up michigan travel blog

 

 

17. And then you can explore Michigan history and the historic Fort Wilkins that overlooks Lake Fanny Hooe!

You may want to allow 1-2 hours for this, depending on how in depth you want to explore.

 

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Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

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lake fanny hooe at fort wilkins, Michigan. near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

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Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

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Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Outdoor museum and historic military army outpost near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

 

18. There is a trail to Lake Superior that you can take from the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground.

To get to this, you can drive 1-2 minutes, or you can take the 10 minute or so walk from the campground… or you can bike to it! Copper Harbor is also known for mountain biking.

Lake Superior is on the other side of the main road from the campground.

 

Trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Biking trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Biking trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

 

19. You can see Lake Superior from the overlook.

Trail to lake superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

And you can be at the location of the John Astor shipwreck. You can read another aspect of the region’s history.

 

 

20. You can search for colorful red and purple rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Lake Superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. colorful rocks. up michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. colorful rocks. up michigan travel blog

Lake Superior near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. colorful rocks. up michigan travel blog

 

Side note: Take a look at more places in the Keweenaw Peninsula with a red shoreline.

 

 

21. If you look carefully, you can also see the Copper Harbor lighthouse from the overlook.

Well, it is actually also called the “Copper Harbor lighthouse overlook.” A tour is required to get closer to the Copper Harbor lighthouse.

 

Copper Harbor lighthouse near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. lake superior lighthouse. up michigan travel blog

Copper Harbor lighthouse tour near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. lake superior lighthouse. up michigan travel blog

Copper Harbor lighthouse tour near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. lake superior lighthouse. up michigan travel blog

 

Side note: Take a look at more Lake Superior lighthouses to see in the Upper Peninsula!

 

 

22. You can kayak Lake Fanny Hooe from the campground!

There are many people who bring kayaks to kayak around Lake Fanny Hooe.

 

Kayaking Lake Fanny Hooe near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

Kayaking Lake Fanny Hooe near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground. up michigan travel blog

 

Side note: There are more Michigan state park campgrounds in the Upper Peninsula that get a lot of kayaking campers, including Union Bay campground (Lake Superior) and Muskallonge Lake campground.

 

 

23. Summer days are long!

Copper Harbor MI is the “city” that Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is located. In June and July, there are days when sunrise is before 6am and sunset isn’t until nearly 10pm in Copper Harbor!

That means time for lots of outdoor activities!

 

 

Read the reviews of the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground.

 

 

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Now…

How to make camping reservations at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground

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This is the official website for making Michigan State Parks camping reservation.

You can choose Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, and then go from there.

You’ll be able to find an updated campground map too.

You can also see the individual campsites that are available. If you click on an individual campsite, it will also give you any noteworthy description of the site.

 

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground map

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground map. michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

 

 

East campground map

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West campground map

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Fort Wilkins State park campground map. west campground. michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins State park campground map. west campground. michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

 

 

Cost of camping at Fort Wilkins state park campground

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In 2020, the cost of camping at the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park campground was around $25 per night. There is an additional reservation fee. See here for updated camping fees.

Also, as a Michigan State Park, a Michigan recreation passport is required for entry.

If you’re a Michigan resident, hopefully you already have the annual recreation passport, in which case there’s no additional fee.

If you don’t have the recreation passport, or you’re from out of state, for Michigan residents the annual pass is around $17 when purchased at a state park and for out-of-state residents it’s around $34. See current fees here.

 

 

Checking in to your campsite

Then, once you arrive at Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, you’ll stop by the campground office to check in and get your camping permit!

 

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Fort Wilkins historic state park campground check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

 

Then off you go to find your campsite!

 

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fort wilkins state park campground road 1 camping reservations-

fort wilkins state park campground road 1 camping reservations-

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground road pictures. check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground road pictures. check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground road pictures. check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground road pictures. check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

Fort Wilkins historic state park campground road pictures. check in for camping reservations in michigan state parks. up michigan travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit about camping at the Fort Wilkins state park campground!

 

More in the UP:

More campgrounds near Lake Superior:

And see more Great Lakes camping spots on the list of best Michigan state park campgrounds in the UP.

 

HAPPY CAMPING AT LAKE FANNY HOOE AND FORT WILKINS!

 

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