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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Gentle summer rains darken the forest today in the Porkies. The temperatures cooled off and we are at 69 degrees. The weekend looks good with a sunny day tomorrow and a high near 79. See you on the trail! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #gentlesummerrain ... See MoreSee Less

Gentle summer rains darken the forest today in the Porkies.  The temperatures cooled off and we are at 69 degrees.  The weekend looks good with a sunny day tomorrow and a high near 79.  See you on the trail! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #gentlesummerrain

 

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What happened to the comfy cabin on Lake Michigan?

Beautiful!

Rick Gubrud

Looking forward to spending the day today at porkies.

Tuesday August 13th, 2019 - 8:43 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

How big is Lake Superior? #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #superiorWe know Lake Superior is big, but did you realize it would take all of the other lakes, plus some, to equal the water in Superior? That’s 3 quadrillion gallons of water! ... See MoreSee Less

How big is Lake Superior? #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #superior

 

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Yes if you were to straighten out the shore lines of all 5 lakes it would go halfway around the world and if they were to empty all 5 lakes the lower 48 would be under 9.5 ft of water there is 6 Quadrillion gallons in all 5 lakes...

John and it’s Is your front yard. How lucky you are.

I am sure there are a number of cities along Lake Michigan that would like to find a way to dump their waste in that.

Scott Gundersen

Now it's time to protect it!

What about st clair?

Patricia

Rosalva Gutierrez

Andrea.....just in case you were wondering!!

Jenny Wustmann WOW!

Hakeem Olayanju Question solved

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Tuesday August 6th, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Ever wonder what goes on in the forest at night? This might give you a clue! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #nightlife #wildStrange night shots taken by camera traps in the forest ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Wow pretty cool!

Great pictures

These are great! Animal antics 😊

I'd like an invite to that party. 😊

Amazing!

Wow , that's interesting.

So entertaining!!

omg! i love these <3 !!

Interesting!

Looks like a party

Reality Rocks!!!:^)

🎼 We're havin a party !

Larry Spain, this is where you’re headed! Lol

Since when is there boar in MI lol

Ryan Martin

Tanya Cary Evans

Fight nice kids!

Rick Anderson -reminds me of your camp!

So funny

April Wheeler Tazelaar

Dayla Ammend

Kelly Brault

Jamie Slezak Thompson

Shelby Drouin 😂😂

Cindy Selene Calderon

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Where will your path take you? (Lost Lake Trail, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness).
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #yourpath
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Where will your path take you? (Lost Lake Trail, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness).
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #yourpath

 

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It’ll take me from LOC down the Big Carp River to Shining Cloud Falls, Superior and looped back up the Little Carp River to Mirror Lake and back to LOC. See you last week of August.

Summit peak

How is the trail along the shoreline near Big Carp 6 cabin? With the high lake levels, I wonder how swampy the trail might be.

Keyenna Altizer lets go

Big Buck Country!!!

Jonathan Weyer

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Monday August 5th, 2019 - 8:38 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

An event worth visiting! It is a walk back in time, to an era of mining, log cabins and crafts. Don't forget the wood fired cinnamon rolls! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #oldvictoria ... See MoreSee Less

An event worth visiting!  It is a walk back in time, to an era of mining, log cabins and crafts.  Dont forget the wood fired cinnamon rolls!  #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #oldvictoria

 

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Brooke Cheesman

Gary Turpin

Jeremy Olson 😞 to bad this didn’t happen when we were there.

Tom Linderman!! Poor weekend . . . 😣

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