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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Wednesday January 16th, 2019 - 10:52 am

Ontonagon Michigan

North Country Snowmobile Club UP
Trail Update:

18 hours each the last two days for two machines/operators filling water holes and building ice bridges. A big thanks to Greg and Mac!

Went into all the bottoms on Trail #12 along LP Walsh Road and filled all the water holes. The trail is in fair condition at best. Stay on the trail in all the bottoms! There is open water on both sides of most. We will continue too work this section, but need more snow to get it to the condition you are acostomed to.

Did the best we could with little snow on Trail #1 along Lake Superior. Filled water holes, repaired and opened the bridge closed by the DNR, and knocked down all the moguls on the last 3/8 of a mile section to Lake of the Clouds.

Built a couple ice bridges and groomed the 3 areas that we were going around on Trail #1 between White Pine and Silver City.

It'll take more snow and cold but these areas are in much better condition.

Ride da 906!!!
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Wednesday January 16th, 2019 - 1:09 am

The Porkies - Porcupine Mountains

Greetings Tele-skiers! Midwest Telefest 2019 February 8-10 at Porkies Ski Area is less than a month away and we are getting excited! Here is this years poster with all the details, be sure to thank Keith for putting the posters together!

Here is the latest info on this epic weekend!

--Friday February 8--

Open skiing all day, shred the gnar!

8 PM - party/dance at 2 Loons Bar and Restaurant in Silver City, MI. Feeding Leroy is the band, $5 cover.
They will be serving beer, drinks and come early if you want to get dinner at the restaurant.

--Saturday February 9--

Open skiing all day on the hill and backcountry

Gear Swap in the A Frame all day, label your items with name and price

10:30 AM - Uphill/Downhill race in front of the lodge

Gang Ski and Tele-Slalom in the afternoon
Group photo at the top of the lift at 3 PM.

Chili Cookoff Contest Starts when the lift closes at 5 PM.

6 PM - Party at the Porkies Lodge begins. BYOB, Potluck, Prizes, Free Stuff, Raffle, Open jJam with the old time music all stars.

--Sunday February 10--

Open Skiing at the hill and backcountry all day

10 AM - meet in lodge for guided backcountry tours and cross country tour.


Chili Cookoff is designed as an Apres Ski event starting at 5 PM Saturday where anyone can taste all the chili entrees and vote for your favorite. First Place fabulous prize so bring a batch of your best chili!

22 Designs gave us another pair of Large Outlaw X NTN Bindings. We will raffle them for $5 per ticket Saturday at the party, buy as many tickets as you want. Money will be donated to Friends of the Porkies. Last year we raised over $200 dollars so be generous to help out the park.

Hope to see you all there, we will have more updates and reminders as we get closer to the event. Book a hotel or cabin now if you haven't yet. This will be our 29th year!!!
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