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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Ontonagon . Net On Facebook

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Sunday January 20th, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Ontonagon Michigan

Trail Update - Good morning, Sled Heads! One of the benefits of being close to Gitche Gumee is that we stay a little warmer when the temps go into the deep freeze. We are still predicted to have "feel like" temps below zero today. Please dress appropriately and carry a basic survival kit when you ride up here in our beautiful wilderness.

Kevin groomed Trail 1 from White Pine to Lake of the Clouds hill last night on his first solo run and Rick came in for a guest appearance and groomed Trail 137 and Trail 13 for us. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers for their service to the community!! Please click here for our full trail report. ncsc-up.com/trail-reports
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Saturday January 19th, 2019 - 3:24 am

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Trail Update - It's going to be a busy weekend. This is in White Pine today at 2PM. We have one groomer down for a major repair that will not happen until we get parts next week. Greg is grooming Trail 13 right now and Mac & Kevin are on a training run up in The Porkies. Please ride with caution. There's not alot of snow to pack with and there's alot of elevation change in the traiIs at driveways and dips.
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Sunday January 20th, 2019 - 4:15 pm

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Snow covered trails await the skier, snowshoe, and fat tire bike enthusiast! Our trails are groomed on one side for Nordic skiing and compacted flat on the other side for snowshoes and bikes. Log Camp warming shelter welcomes you to warm up by the woodstove. This week, get outdoors and enjoy winter in the Porkies! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #ski #snowshoe #fattire #thinksnow ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday January 19th, 2019 - 10:37 am

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

This morning on Union Bay, Ranger Heaney who took this photo, reports -5 on the thermometer. Notice the fog along the lakeshore and the ski runs in the distance. Also, very little ice mounds due to the mild winter we have been having. #midnr #miparks #winter #sunrise #puremichigan ... See MoreSee Less

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