Two of the four Michigan National Parks are located in the Copper Country. Herbert Hoover signed legislation calling for the creation of a National Park at Isle Royale at the start of the Great Depression but it wasn't formally dedicated until August 27, 1946, right at the end of World War II. Isle Royale was designated part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1976 and 99% of the park's land is designated as wilderness. IN 1981 Isle Royale was designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, giving it global scientific and educational significance. Please click on the Isle Royale button for a more detailed history, park information, and pictures.
The Keweenaw National Historical Park was created by legislation on October 27, 1992. According to Public Law 102-543 the Keweenaw National Historical Park, along with its cooperating sites, strives to interpret the "historic synergism between the geological, aboriginal, sociological, cultural forces that relate the story of copper on the Keweenaw Peninsula ... and is... for the education, benefit and inspiration of present and future generations." Please click on the Keweenaw National Historical Park button for a more detailed history of the park, the proposed development of the park, and the impact that it is expected to have on the local communities.
While the two national parks dominant the park system in the Copper Country, the Ottawa National Forest, with its 27 campgrounds, several of which are in Houghton and Ontonagon Counties, dominates much of the western Copper Country. Click here to see which campgrounds are in the Copper Country and where they are located.