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.

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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

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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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Friday December 15th, 2017 - 11:35 am

Ontonagon Michigan

Little bit of the white stuff fell overnight... About 12 inches. And still snowing!!! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday December 13th, 2017 - 3:48 pm

Ontonagon Michigan

🎄🎄🎄HAUSKAA JOULUA - MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎄🎄

Several years ago GREEN, MI posted links to an article about how several of Green's pioneer settlers were formerly employees at a spool factory in the town of Kaukas, Finland. Between 1900 and WWI many of the workers were encouraged by their emigrant peers to seek a better life halfway around the world in the little farming community of Green. Links to that two part story are reposted here:
www.genealogia.fi/emi/art/article306e.htm
www.genealogia.fi/emi/art/article307e.htm

UPM-Kymmene, the current owners of the Kaukas factory (which is now a giant pulp and paper making complex) translated the article and republished it in the 2001 Christmas issue of their company magazine called "Kaukas". They revamped the name of the paper from "Green, Michigan and the Kaukas Connection" to "Kaukaiset viheriöt" which literally translated means "Distant Greens" - a "pun-ish" reference which becomes more clear if you read the English language article.

Then, just to add to the story, yesterday I ran across the attached front page of a 1911 newspaper from Lappeenranta (the nearest town to Kaukas with a newspaper) which published Christmas greetings ("Hauskaa JOULUA") to its readers from hundreds of people in the area, AS WELL AS, a couple dozen former residents who were now living in GREEN, MI. You will recognize most of the names listed from the Kaukas Connection article, and many of them are still associated with Green: e.g. Karttunen, Koistinen, Hokkanen, Savola, Carlson, etc.
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Friday December 15th, 2017 - 2:01 pm

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Porcupine Mountains Sports Complex
Snow Valley living up to it's name!
This season is starting on a wonderful winter note so come spend you're holidays with us... See you next Friday
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Thursday December 14th, 2017 - 11:42 am

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Here's to some fresh powder atop our groomed surfaces. Make sure you sleep with silver under the pillow !
We will see you on Friday, December 22nd

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