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 June 18th, 2019 - 9:47 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

From our "Friend's Group", something to look forward to!
#midnr #miparks #musicHappy Monday! #MiStateParks100 #Mistateparks
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From our Friends Group, something to look forward to!
#midnr #miparks #music

Monday June 3rd, 2019 - 8:54 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Try three free! Next weekend, June 8-9, we're inviting folks to enjoy fishing, ORVing and state park access for free. Hop on the trails, get to your favorite fishing spot and drive to your nearest state park and have fun. We've put together some additional information for the activities. Enjoy!

🎣 Free Fishing Weekend - www.Michigan.gov/FreeFishing

🏍 Free ORV Weekend - www.Michigan.gov/ORVTrails

🌳 State Parks - www.Michigan.gov/RecSearch
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Colleen Gentele you'll have to head up to the UP this weekend. 🙂

Wednesday May 29th, 2019 - 1:26 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

We often get phone calls this time of year about a spotted fawn abandoned by its mother. It is on purpose that they are left alone by mom. Do not disturb them, they are better left alone. #deer #fawn #survival #miparksTo keep from attracting predators, a mother deer will hide her fawn, who was born with very little scent, and return periodically to care for it. All white-tailed deer begin life this way.

You can help protect fawns by not getting too close. You could leave your scent behind and reveal its hiding spot to predators. Enjoy it from a distance. #KeepMiWild #MiDNR

Help keep wildlife wild - bit.ly/KeepMiWild
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We often get phone calls this time of year about a spotted fawn abandoned by its mother. It is on purpose that they are left alone by mom.  Do not disturb them, they are better left alone. #deer #fawn #survival #miparks

The South Boundary Road is now OPEN! Thank you for your patience. #miparks #mitrails #midnr ... See MoreSee Less

The South Boundary Road is now OPEN! Thank you for your patience. #miparks #mitrails #midnr

 

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