Ontonagon, Michigan – Lodging, Travel and Recreation

Welcome to Ontonagon and the Porcupine Mountains

The Ontonagon / Porcupine Mountains Area offers all the elements for a great outdoor vacation experience: Rugged, Scenic Mountains with Grand Vistas – Lake Superior – Old Growth Forests – Splendid Waterfalls – Numerous Rivers and Inland Lakes – A Vibrant History of Mining and Adventure – And much more.

Want to add some outdoor adventure to your next vacation? Try the rugged, scenic beauty of the Porcupine Mountains area of the western part of the Upper Peninsula. You’ll find some of the highest — and most spectacular — terrain in Michigan along with grand, scenic vistas of Lake Superior — the greatest lake of all the Great Lakes.

There are many ways to explore the region. Take short hikes through old growth forest to see the splash and spray of the many splendid waterfalls in the region or plan a long trek into the backcountry of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Water enthusiasts have rivers and inland lakes to enjoy as well as the clear, crisp waters of Lake Superior with miles of accessible beaches and shoreline. If you are “going fishing”, you can fly fish the rivers, cast your line in an inland lake or try your luck for one of the big ones lurking in the waters of Lake Superior.

The history of the Porcupine Mountains and the Ontonagon area any visit to the area and the wilderness landscape is still touched by the activities of the early settlers with abandoned copper mines and old mining settlements. The historic Ontonagon Lighthouse at the mouth of the Ontonagon River welcomed early settlers to a safe harbor in this land of adventure and it still welcomes visitors today.


Lake Superior & Western U.P. Lakefront Lodging

Stay On The Lake

Stay On The Lake – Western U.P. – Our new lakefront lodging guide to help you find the perfect spot on the shores of the lakes in the Western U.P.

Lake Superior – Ontonagon / PorkiesMountain View LodgesScott’s Superior InnPeterson’s Chalet Cottages Superior ShoresA Cabin & A Cottage Up NorthAmericInn of Silver CityA Beach Retreat Cottage

Cisco Chain of LakesJay’s Resort, Thousand Island Lake

Lake GogebicThe Timbers ResortBear’s Nine Pines Resort


Winter in the Ontonagon Area

Porcupine Mountains Ski AreaDownhill Skiing at Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Come Ski The Porkies! You’ll experience the second highest vertical drop in Michigan or Wisconsin and you’ll see spectacular, panoramic views of Lake Superior. In addition to being home to one of the first alpine ski areas in the Midwest the Porkies has some of the most scenic Nordic ski trails in the entire Great Lakes region.

Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The 92 square miles that make up the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park are a cross-country skiing paradise. Explore more than 87 miles of designated cross-country ski trails. Enjoy sweeping hilltop vistas of Lake Superior. Glide quietly through glades of thick hemlocks. See waterfalls transformed by the cold of winter.

Snowshoers looking for a true back-country experience will love the Porcupine Mountains. The 60,000-acre State Park combines with hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest lands to form one of the Midwest’s largest true wilderness areas.

Snowmobiling in Ontonagon and the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Snowmobilers can explore the vast network of snowmobile trails throughout the Western U.P. Many use Ontonagon as a southern base for trip into the Keweenaw Peninsula. The trip to the overlook at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains, with its views of a pristine winter wilderness, is on the bucket list of many adventure-seeking Midwest snowmobilers.


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Wednesday September 20th, 2017 - 1:00 am

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Monday September 18th, 2017 - 5:56 pm

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left to right:
Anselm Maki from Parkano, Finland
Erick Pennala from Töysä, Finland
Vaino Pietila from Alastaro, Finland

The second reincarnation of the White Pine Mine happened in 1910 when Calumet & Hecla bought the old White PIne MIne which had been sunk nearly 30 years earlier in 1881. It quickly became a magnate for new Finnish immigrants looking for employment. Among them were three bachelors who had recently arrived in America from different points in Finland: Anselm (Anssu) Maki, Erick Pennala and Vaino Pietila who appear in this photograph taken at White Pine probably around 1914. All three of these men eventually became residents of Green - after World War I intervened in their lives and the life of the White Pine Mine. The attached WWI draft cards for each give some physical details and relationship of each.

Of the three, only Vaino Pietila actually served in WWI. He was a member of the US Army servng in France, where he was captured by the Germans and placed in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. Upon returning he lived with his brother-in-law and sister, Kalle and Hilda Korvenpaa, on their farm on the Halfway River Road. During summers he worked on the family farm, in the winters at logging camps, and he even traveled west to Montana to work in the mines at Butte. Vaino probably had a bit of the wanderlust in him. He was the first of his family to come to America, served in the US Army, traveled about the US, and finally decided to contribute to developing a better workers society in Russian Karelia. He left to go there in 1930s and disappeared during the Stalinist purges of non-Russian men in 1938.

As many bachelors eventually do, Erick Pennala married - shortly after this picture was taken. In 1915 he and Johanna Lamminaho were married in White Pine, and in 1917 they purchased 80 acres in Green upon which to build a farm. It was located about two miles south on the Townline Road adjoining the Oscar Heikkila and the Lauri Rautanen on their southern boundaries. The Pennala’s raised a large family of seven children: Erick, Gust, Victor, Herman, Henry, Minnie, and Ester. The Pennala farm in still in the family (now owned by Jim Countryman) and is one of only a couple active farms that still remain in Green.

Anssu Maki also eventually moved from White Pine to Green where he worked primarily as a farm hand for many decades at the Oscar Heikkila farm. I remember Anssu as a quite, very nice and kind old man when I was growing up. He was known and loved by all in the community of Green. He was remarkably talented in carpentry, able to construct anything from the smallest looms to the largest of barns using wood from trees growing in the forests around him. I was astonished to find the WWI draft card indicates Anssu had a wife and child at the time the card was issued in 1917. Despite knowing Anssu and the Heikkila family all of my life, I had never heard he had once been married. It leaves one wondering: what is the rest of the story.

[White Pine photo courtesy of John Doyle, Ontonagon]
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As the great-grandson of Oscar and Lydia Heikkila, that shocked me, too. Even though Ansu was gone before I was born, I heard MANY stories about him from my mother, grandmother, Jack Heikkila, etc, and by all their accounts, he was a life-long bachelor. Would be interesting to see records from Parkano from that time period . . .

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Wednesday September 20th, 2017 - 6:21 pm

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Nice job!


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