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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Monday December 3rd, 2018 - 11:35 am

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Beautiful! Is the groomer fixed and ready this season?

Matt

Wish I was there!

Beautiful

Beautiful!

Christian Stoinski

Stunning!

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Saturday December 1st, 2018 - 8:30 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: As of today, December 1st, both Hwy 107 and South Boundary roads are officially closed and have been posted as such. Ice and snow in the high country is not yet enough for snowmobiling but is enough to make for treacherous driving. Officials from both Gogebic and Ontonagon County road commissions have legally closed these roads. Parking is now at the Headquarters, Ski Area and Whitetail Cabin parking area. #midnr #miparks #roadclosure ... See MoreSee Less

SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE: As of today, December 1st, both Hwy 107 and South Boundary roads are officially closed and have been posted as such. Ice and snow in the high country is not yet enough for snowmobiling but is enough to make for treacherous driving. Officials from both Gogebic and Ontonagon County road commissions have legally closed these roads. Parking is now at the Headquarters, Ski Area and Whitetail Cabin parking area. #midnr #miparks #roadclosure

 

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Eric Sillars

Bunch of bs. Can’t snowmobile, but you lock hunter access up. Right before muzzleloader season.

Tuesday November 27th, 2018 - 11:50 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

πŸ”πŸ’š On #Givingtuesday help the Friends raise $5,000 and get kids into the Porkies. With $5,000 our Mini- grant program provides transportation to park for 400 students; buys outdoor equipment for ninety 5th and 6th graders particpating in the new Outdoor Addventure Program; purchases native plants for the Ontonagon's 3rd graders to create a pollinators garden for the park; buys wood for 20 high schoolers to build Aldo Leopold benches for the park; and purchases a iPad kiosk for people to explore iNaturalist findings in the Porkies andadd their discoveries. Help us expand educational opportunities in the Porkies by donating on #Givingtuesday so your donations will be matched by Facebook and PayPal.

Friends of the Porkies
On #Giving Tuesday, help the Friends raise $5,000 and get kids into the Porkies. With $5,000 our Mini- grant program provides transportation to park for 400 students; buys outdoor equipment for ninety 5th and 6th graders particpating in the new Outdoor Addventure Program; purchases native plants for the Ontonagon's 3rd graders to create a pollinators garden for the park; buys wood for 20 high schoolers to build Aldo Leopold benches for the park; and purchases a iPad kiosk for people to explore iNaturalist findings in the Porkies andadd their discoveries. Help us expand educational opportunities in the Porkies by donating on #Giving Tuesday so your donations will be matched by Facebook and PayPal.
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