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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Thursday December 13th, 2018 - 11:06 am

Ontonagon Michigan

North Country Snowmobile Club UP
Trail Update:

Packed Trails #101 and #13 from#101 to Victoria Road.

Trail #101 - Good condition. Good snow and flat, all 4 miles.

Trail #13 - Poor to fair condition. The ORV's and logging left the trail a mess. We flattened out ruts all night.

We need more snow and cold, start your snow dances please!

Ride da 906!
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Thursday December 13th, 2018 - 12:48 am

Ontonagon Michigan

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Out working with what we have.
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Sunday December 2nd, 2018 - 10:55 pm

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Friends of the Porkies
Wind gusts up to 40 mph have the waves pounding away on the shoreline. A view from Engineers Highway at Union Bay wayside.
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Hopefully the state steps up or the highway won’t b there much longer

I came ashore in my kayak this summer in that very spot

Saturday December 1st, 2018 - 8:59 pm

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Unless you have one of these canvas tents with a woodstove like Backcountry Bill...... you might want to book a hotel room or cabin for Midwest Telefest 2019 this February 8-10 at Porkies Ski Area in Silver City, MI.

Telefest is only about 3 months away and we're getting pretty excited!

Friday Feb. 8 - open skiing and party at 2 Loons in Silver City with live music and chili contest.... bring a batch of your best chili to win!

Saturday Feb. 9 - Uphill/Downhill race, human slalom, gang ski, group photo and the best skiing with all your friends! Traditional party in the Porkies Lodge at night with potluck food and BYOB, prizes, free stuff and old time music!

Sunday Feb. 10 - Backcountry tours and open skiing at the hill!

More details to come closer to Telefest
Hope to see you all there this year!
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