Ontonagon, Michigan – Lodging, Travel and Recreation

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupine MountainsPorcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is 15 miles west of Ontonagon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The park’s 60,000 acres are one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the “Porkies” a trip to remember. As Michigan’s largest state park, planning your trip may require the use of various maps. Links to these important maps are provided below.
Mountain Biking Trails
Unit/Backcountry Camping Map
A printer-friendly listing of trail lengths and descriptions

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in 1945 by Michigan’s Legislature. Since then, many changes have taken place in the way we live; however, the Porcupine Mountains are almost unchanged. The remote interior with its towering pine and hemlock seems to defy time. The solitude of the park is mysterious and exciting. As Michigan’s only state designated wilderness, the Porkies is partnered with Leave No Trace ethics and has developed manuals for specific uses. For wilderness use manuals, please click the links below.
Rustic Cabin Use – Summer
Wilderness Camping – Summer
Leave No Trace Manual

A hiker to the interior of the Porkies must actually turn back the clock and call on skills that were second nature to our ancestors. One must appreciate the ways of a wilderness area to thoroughly enjoy backpacking the Porkies. Remember: the difference between tired feet and the satisfaction of an outstanding view is mostly a condition of the mind.

Lodging:
Kaug Wudjoo Lodge
Yurts
Rustic Cabins

Black bear are frequently encountered in the park. When backcountry camping, bear bags must be suspended at least 12 feet above the ground and far enough from the tree to prevent an animal from reaching or jumping on it. Never feed wild animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, exposes them to predators and other dangers, and causes them to lose their natural fear of humans.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
33303 Headquarters Rd.
Ontonagon MI, 49953-9087
906-885-5275

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Tuesday January 21st, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

1/21/20 - Union Spring Trail
Freshly groomed and track set. Get out and enjoy!
*some sections of trail still need snow and freezing temps, but they are improving.

#miparks #skitheporkies #MiDNR #puremichigsn
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1/21/20 - Union Spring Trail
Freshly groomed and track set.  Get out and enjoy! 
*some sections of trail still need snow and freezing temps, but they are improving. 

#miparks #skitheporkies #midnr #puremichigsnImage attachment

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Debbie Wickstrom see how beautiful that looks

Do you have groomed fat tire bike trails?

Margaret Perron-Smith

Jay Stressman

Tuesday January 21st, 2020 - 11:53 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

12"+ of snow over the weekend has helped our trail conditions tremendously! Tails are currently being groomed by park staff.
#miparks #skitheporkies #midnr #puremichigan
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12+ of snow over the weekend has helped our trail conditions tremendously!  Tails are currently being groomed by park staff. 
#miparks #skitheporkies #midnr #puremichiganImage attachment

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Be careful grooming those Porcupine Tails!

looks perfect and beautiful.

Is this just for XC Skiing or is Fatbiking allowed also?

Gorgeous!

Julie

Alex Sobieski Dominik Faciano Chris Feltenberger

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Friday January 17th, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Ski Trail Update 1/17/20 - Trails are in rough shape, but inproving with each snowfall. Trails have been trackset, rolled or packed (see map). We are anticipating heavy snowfall over the weekend. Rangers will be out on the trails doing what they can with snow expected. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday January 10th, 2020 - 2:38 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Ski Trail Update 1/10/20 - No significant snowfall in the last 10 days is causing trails to be icy and bare in places. We are waiting for large numbers of snow fall to fill in holes, bare spots and runoff areas from recent rains. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday January 7th, 2020 - 10:10 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Calling all Artists or Artisans! If you love the outdoors you should apply for the Friends of the Porkies Artist-in-Residence program where you get to stay in a beautiful rustic cabin and be inspired by the unique Porkies wilderness.

This is the current resident Julie Highlin, getting ready to begin her stay as the first winter artist the program has had in a long time.

If you are interested application deadlines are February 14th, 2020. porkies.org/projects-programs/artist-in-residence/
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Calling all Artists or Artisans! If you love the outdoors you should apply for the Friends of the Porkies Artist-in-Residence program where you get to stay in a beautiful rustic cabin and be inspired by the unique Porkies wilderness. 

This is the current resident Julie Highlin, getting ready to begin her stay as the first winter artist the program has had in a long time. 

If you are interested application deadlines are February 14th, 2020. https://porkies.org/projects-programs/artist-in-residence/Image attachment

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this is wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more updates during her stay.

Congratulations Julie! Looking forward to seeing the results of winter inspirations!

If I were younger....and a better artist, of course!

Definitely going to apply this time around! This would be a dream come true!

Nice. What a wonderful place to stay.

What a great opportunity!!!

Did she snowmobile up or does she have dogs???

Ate you going to partake, Mary?

Angie Beal here you go! All the inspiration you need!🙂

Karen Kubacki Boxrucker I'll come with to keep you company. LOL

Wow!!

Stephanie Voelck would be so cool

Nancy Garber it is your time

Katie Kuykendall

Andria Syktich

Julie

Garrett Gaina maybe you should apply?

Johanna Louise

Gerry Martin

Sandi Wilkens

Jan Flechsig!!

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