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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Saturday April 21st, 2018 - 8:15 am

Ontonagon Michigan

The northern lights made a modest appearance last night before erupting in a dazzling display during the small hours. The light show lasted until dawn. I took this photo shortly after 3 a.m. on the Lake Superior shoreline, about a mile west of Ontonagon. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Ontonagon Michigan

HERE IT IS….YOUR 14TH ANNUAL PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP...presented by the Friends of the Porkies, August 24-26, 2018 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park’s Winter Recreation Area, Ontonagon County, MI

Donna the Buffalo (Saturday night headliner)
The Fred Eaglesmith Show starring Tif Ginn (Friday night headliner)
Slambovian Circus of Dreams (Sunday headliner)
The Roosevelts
Old Salt Union
The Barefoot Movement
Charlie Parr
Joshua Davis Trio
The Ragbirds
Wild Rivers
The Talbott Brothers
Shari Kane & Dave Steele
Kind Country
The Lucky Dutch

NEW THIS YEAR: For numerous reasons, organizers have decided to shift the Festival’s economic and volunteer assets to our Peace Hill Stage area, and to eliminate the Singing Hills Stage. This decision was not entered into lightly. It was made with our sights focused on the future sustainability and management of this festival...and our commitment to presenting you, our audience, the quality musical experience that you have come to know us for. The BUSKING BARN STAGE will continue to be our calm oasis on the grounds, and there will be new indoor CHALET STAGE providing performer workshops and music throughout each day…and Yvonne Blake fans will get a treat when Yvonne hosts her Sunday opening performance on the new Chalet Stage. We are so excited to bring you this year's lineup! Questions may be directed to Cheryl Sundberg, Festival Director at porkiesfestivaldirector@gmail.com
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Monday April 23rd, 2018 - 12:03 am

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

New photos of Lake of the Clouds to keep you updated. These were taken today. As you can see, we have quite a ways to go. The roads remain impassible and closed. to motor vehicles. #midnr #miparks #2018spring ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, looks like a few more weeks before vehicle traffic can get to the lookout. We've been up there to the lookout many times in the winter (only accessable by snowmobile)...What a nice ride on a sunny February day though.

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 - 9:31 am

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Lake of the Clouds as viewed from Cloud Peak last spring in the Porcupine Mountains. ... See MoreSee Less

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I've been there pictures don't do justice takes your breath away.

One of our favorite hiking trails...

Its an awesome view been there

Great pic



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