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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Sunday April 23rd, 2017 - 11:14 am

Ontonagon Michigan

Many of the buildings in this 1935 image of River Street have gone #MissingintheCopperCountry in recent years. Ontonagon's Lodge No. 67 of Free & Accepted Masons was chartered on January 13,1854--one of the first lodges in the State of Michigan. After the devastating fire of 1896, the Lodge built a new, two and a half story hall at 429 River Street. In 2004, it was demolished to make way for the River Street Center (now Michigan Works & Community Action Agency). The building next door (featuring a Gillette Tires and Tubes sign) was first a livery stable, then renovated to become a bowling alley, and eventually Rich Ernest Construction and Nature's Riches Flower & Gift Shop.

Southeast of this extant structure stood two buildings which were later combined into the Village Pharmacy. When this photo was taken in the mid-1930s, they housed Muskatt's Bargain Store and The People's Store, a grocery. Last known as Village Clothiers, this duo was demolished in 2003. Known as Mac's Bar from 1930 until 1995, the building on the far right continues to be a gathering place for residents and visitors as Roxey's Lounge. #NPS101
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Saturday April 1st, 2017 - 12:13 pm

Ontonagon Michigan

April 1, 1963: Ontonagon's Worst Flood

A combination of unseasonably warm weather and thick, solid ice left from one of the coldest winters of the 20th century resulted in record flooding of the Ontonagon River in early April 1963. On March 31, the temperature rose to 72 degrees, a welcome change after the area endured severe, consistent cold from early January into the first half of March. Trouble began quickly that day as heavy runoff from rapidly melting snow met with a solid ice pack on Lake Superior. In addition, river ice began to break apart. The first heavy ice flow came down the Ontonagon April 1 and jammed up against the railroad bridge. Heavy flooding swept over the entire island between the river and slough and then spread throughout the center of the village, spreading icy water from two to three feet deep.

Damage to property and businesses was extensive. Boat houses were demolished along with the watercraft in them. The boats were then swept into Lake Superior or wrecked by the ice, piled high on adjoining land. In area businesses, the water rose so fast there was no time to move or shift stock. Buildings on the south side of River Street were soaked with up to four feet of water. As the water receded, a thick coat of red silt mixed in places with oily substances was deposited over everything the flood touched. Truckloads of flooded food and other merchandise ended up in the village dump—a precaution taken to prevent the possible spread of waterborne disease.

The village slowly got back to normal as the water receded and found its way into Lake Superior; this despite a two-mile ice jam which still held on the lake. Conservative estimates of damage was placed at over a half million dollars.

The last big widespread U.P. flood occurred 15 years ago. Heavy rain fell on a thick snow pack in mid-April 2002 and was quickly followed by record warmth. This particular combination of weather elements is the worst for U.P. snowmelt floods.

This year there should be no problems from spring run-off. Snowfall, outside of the Copper Country and parts of the east was light and what snow there is has melted slowly. This spring could lead to more wildfire problems if our dry weather continues through the next few weeks.

Below, River Street in Ontonagon became navigable as an ice jam caused historic flooding.
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Tuesday April 25th, 2017 - 8:51 pm

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Help us raise some money! Join us at Stubb's Bar for some live music, raffles and 50/50's sponsored by Stubb's Bar! Proceeds to go the Friends of the Porkies Recuse Me! Equipment Campaign. ... See MoreSee Less

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