This narrow 2-mile long lake is named after a young local girl who caught the eye of troops at nearby Fort Wilkins – or so the legend goes. Lake Fanny Hooe is separated from nearby Copper Harbor by just a narrow strip of land along its northern shore. To the south the lake is framed by a soaring mountain ridge. In 1844 an Army post was constructed on its northern shore to protect newly arriving miners from Indian aggression – a concern that ended up being unwarranted.
Today this 231 acre lake sits almost entirely within the borders of Fort Wilkins State Park. Park campgrounds, hiking trails and the century old garrison reside along the lakes northern shore, while a private resort sits at its western end. Its rugged southern shore raises dramatically up to the bluff above, with a very difficult hiking trail along its base. Public access is provided by a DNR boat launch on the lake’s northern shore, within the state park itself. A dock, concrete ramp, and plenty of trailer parking is provided. With an average depth of 15 feet the lake is home to Brook Trout, Splake, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Walleye.
NOTES A state park vehicle permit is required for motorized entry into the public boat launch at Fort Wilkins State Park, which sits just off the main highway.
DIRECTIONS: From Copper Harbor, follow US41 north out of town. After a short 0.4 miles the boat launch will be on the right side of the road.