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Living HistoryLiving History Program
June 18 - August 19
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison• Leave the present and join them in the year 1870! Daily 9:30 AM-4:30 PM from June through mid-August.

Future Historians
July 13-15, July 26-28, August 3-5, August 17-19
The Michigan Historical Center has Future Historians portray actual girls and boys that lived in Fort Wilkins. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost. Dates and times vary each year.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Boat Tour
Lighthouse Boat Departs daily from the Copper Harbor Marina 7 days a week (per person charge). The tours begin Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting... More Info.

EVENTS CALENDAR (updated 1/12/16)
All 2016 events will require a State of Michigan Recreation Passport... More Info

Please note specific locations for each program, bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

5/30, Monday 10am
Memorial Day Program
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park will host a Memorial Day program on the Fort Wilkins parade grounds to commemorate U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. The program will feature Students from the Copper Harbor School and a special Memorial Day address. Refreshments will be served following the program.

7/4 Monday, 2pm on the parade grounds by the flag pole
July 4th - Declaration of Independence
Join our role players in the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

7/29 Friday, through 7/31 Sunday
Battery D – 32 YEAR ANNIVERSARY- History comes alive at Fort Wilkins. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War era living history group returns to Fort Wilkins for its 32nd annual weekend encampment. The weekend event will be open to park visitors from 8 AM to 8 PM. Battery D will interpret army life of the period, demonstrating artillery and small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers’ pastimes.


8/6 Saturday at 8:45am
Copperman Triathlon
New this year is the Duathlon which consists of a 6k run, a 23 mile bike ride and a 5 mile run. The bike route and the 5 mile run will be the same routes as the Triathlon bike and run. This event begins at 8:45 AM at the Fort Wilkins boating access site with the 6k run starting things off. Then the Triathlon mile swim will begin at 9:00 am. Participants will swim tranquil Lake Fanny Hooe, bike along the shores of Lake Superior and run through wilderness on shady roads. The swim is .5 mile (cap mandatory and provided), bike is 23 miles (helmet mandatory – bring your own), and run is 5 miles. Visitors may observe all stages of the event from the Fort Wilkins boating access site. Sponsored by Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Participants must pre-register. More information and register at

8/10 Wednesday
Meteors and Smores
Details TBD

9/17 Saturday, Time TBD
Annual Geocaching Event
Details TBD


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