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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Sunday February 17th, 2019 - 11:59 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Our Superior snow machine keeps cranking out big flakes today. This is occurring right now outside our window! #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #snow ... See MoreSee Less

 

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all that fresh snow makes the xc skiing the best!

Friday February 15th, 2019 - 3:41 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Union River 8 bunk cabin is barely visible with the amount of snow we have received. It truly is a winter wonderland wilderness! (photo taken 2/16/2019)
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #snow #wintercabins
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Union River 8 bunk cabin is barely visible with the amount of snow we have received.  It truly is a winter wonderland wilderness! (photo taken 2/16/2019) 
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #snow #wintercabins

 

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Looks cozy...nice fire in the woodstove might help melt some of that roof snow!

Ronda Santos Cierra Santos

Tiffany Marie

May want to shovel the roof off 🤷‍♂️

Adam Wiskerchen Chris Schabow 😳

Get that trail shoveled to Clouds 4 bunk before May 12

Cool!

Robin Turrell

Beth Wiles Cooper Joseph Kavanaugh

This lady that does a lot of DNA work (and without charge) found my paternal family for me. Got sisters-pretty and smart. Brothers, they will turn out to be pretty good dudes. Smart. The clan is a .loving group for sure. I am so freaking lucky. Den 🙂

Yeah. Got some snow there. About 3 foot? Deeper in some spots, like tunnel in but I suppose in the woods there you gotta be thinking bear. Den 🙂

The iceman cometh!

John Wipperfurth,Judy Schaeffer,Celi Phillips

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Friday February 15th, 2019 - 11:16 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

WEATHER EVENT UPDATE: Porkies Rangers are reporting 2 to 3 feet of snow fell overnight at lake level in the park!

Here they are this morning at 700 feet above sea level, attempting to pack cabin trails that they had already packed yesterday. At this level, we know we have about 4 1/2 feet of snow on the ground.

The park rises another 1258 feet above where they are in this photo. We can only guess how much snow there is in the higher country.

The County Road Commission is out working on clearing roads and advises everyone to be patient as they are running out of areas to put the snow.

We would also ask patience with our grooming of the ski trails for the weekend as it is going to take time.
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #snow
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WEATHER EVENT UPDATE:  Porkies Rangers are reporting 2 to 3 feet of snow fell overnight at lake level in the park!

Here they are this morning at 700 feet above sea level, attempting to pack cabin trails that they had already packed yesterday.  At this level, we know we have about 4 1/2 feet of snow on the ground.

The park rises another 1258 feet above where they are in this photo.  We can only guess how much snow there is in the higher country. 

The County Road Commission is out working on clearing roads and advises everyone to be patient as they are running out of areas to put the snow.  

We would also ask patience with our grooming of the ski trails for the weekend as it is going to take time.
#midnr #miparks #puremichigan #snow

 

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We will be coming here for our honeymoon in July...will the snow be melted yet? Lol

Michael Knack is this Justin’s Facebook debut?! Slippery slope!

not good for the deer herd

OMG👏 Justin Farley is now a media sensation🤣👍

Holy s#*% Mike Gensmer Joe Kramasz Jake Miller and we thought it was amazing when we went thru there!

Justin Farley is that you?

Beautiful. love snow-a-rama. Can’t believe you can even try to groom and jealous you are over your heads in Superior powder.

Amazing what happens outta radar range! Good stuff

Wish it always snowed like that.

Christopher Richardson, we may have ridden on one of these snowmobiles! 🤣

Too much snow!

Adam Prater do I see a sledding trip in the future for you and your buddies

Awesome. That would be fun and challenging . bring a shovel along .

They have already announced Mammoth Mountain in CA will be open through July 4th for skiing ⛷

You heading up this weekend ?

I believe it!! I just left this morning and it was a tough drive out of there. This was our house we rented just as we left Greenland.

Sounds perfect!!!

Having moved from the Northern LP to the ptrairies of Nebraska, I am happy when we get 2-3 inches.

Up nation. 906 eah

Fantastic! I do not think packing things down is going to work, more snow is coming!!

Keep safe and thank you for your hard work!!

I would love to do this. This is my favorite place on Earth. Problem 1 no snowmobile.

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Friday February 15th, 2019 - 9:06 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

51" of snow on the ground currently, thanks to a new 15" we just received overnight! #midnr #miparks #winter #snow

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In todays episode, Nick checks a destination off his Upper Peninsula bucket list by snowshoeing the Porcupine Mountains and taking in the views.
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Jake Murawski look familiar?

Dustin Boe Corey Sillerud

Jan Bell

Nikki Desotelle Sabastian Desotelle

Bobby!

I had a great time making the video! I feel like a barely scratched the surface. Where should I go next time i'm there?

David Leslie

"The Beloved Porkies!"

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Thursday February 14th, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Opening day of Michigan’s 1933 deer season found a true hunting legend and sportsman, Fred Bear, pursuing white-tailed deer in the Porcupine Mountains.

Bear was hunting deep in the wilderness when "I crept out onto a creek bank and about 100 yards upstream stood a deer. I raised my rifle and shot it. That was it; the season was just an hour old, and I already had my limit. Right then and there I decided to give up gun hunting. It was too darn easy.” (Time Archives, November 14, 1969)

Spurred by a new-found challenge, Bear would become one of the most influential archers of his time. He would be credited with the invention of many modern archery innovations and he was relentless in promoting the viability of archery equipment as tools for sporting hunters.

But perhaps his single greatest achievement would be his philosophy on the natural world. Bear viewed hunters and especially bow hunters as the utmost conservationists. He wanted to share this with the rest of the world, so he formed the Fred Bear Sports Club. One of club's main goals was to promote hunter ethics and environmentally responsible actions. In the 1970s, a series of posters were distributed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies titled “Care about America’s Wildlife. We do.” One poster showed a Michigan Conservation Officer holding a white-tailed deer fawn. The caption read: "A well-meaning person gave this officer what they thought was an orphan fawn. Don't pick up fawns. In most cases their mother is watching nearby, waiting for you to leave." This famous poster was produced by the Bear Sports Club and published widely in state fish and wildlife magazines across the U.S.

Bear really left his mark on modern archery, but his role as a pioneer of environmental conservation was his legacy. To think it all started back in 1933 while hunting in these mountains is impressive to say the least. You never know, the next time you are hiking in the park and cross a stream, it may just be the same spot that forever changed generations of hunters and conservationists.

How will the Porkies affect you?

www.michigan.gov/stateparks100
#miparks #midnr ##MiStateParks100 #throwbackthursday
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Opening day of Michigan’s 1933 deer season found a true hunting legend and sportsman, Fred Bear, pursuing white-tailed deer in the Porcupine Mountains.

Bear was hunting deep in the wilderness when I crept out onto a creek bank and about 100 yards upstream stood a deer. I raised my rifle and shot it. That was it; the season was just an hour old, and I already had my limit. Right then and there I decided to give up gun hunting. It was too darn easy.” (Time Archives, November 14, 1969)

Spurred by a new-found challenge, Bear would become one of the most influential archers of his time. He would be credited with the invention of many modern archery innovations and he was relentless in promoting the viability of archery equipment as tools for sporting hunters. 

But perhaps his single greatest achievement would be his philosophy on the natural world. Bear viewed hunters and especially bow hunters as the utmost conservationists. He wanted to share this with the rest of the world, so he formed the Fred Bear Sports Club. One of clubs main goals was to promote hunter ethics and environmentally responsible actions. In the 1970s, a series of posters were distributed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies titled “Care about America’s Wildlife. We do.” One poster showed a Michigan Conservation Officer holding a white-tailed deer fawn. The caption read: A well-meaning person gave this officer what they thought was an orphan fawn. Dont pick up fawns. In most cases their mother is watching nearby, waiting for you to leave. This famous poster was produced by the Bear Sports Club and published widely in state fish and wildlife magazines across the U.S.

Bear really left his mark on modern archery, but his role as a pioneer of environmental conservation was his legacy. To think it all started back in 1933 while hunting in these mountains is impressive to say the least. You never know, the next time you are hiking in the park and cross a stream, it may just be the same spot that forever changed generations of hunters and conservationists.

How will the Porkies affect you?

http://www.michigan.gov/stateparks100
 #miparks #midnr ##MiStateParks100 #throwbackthursday

 

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In the wind, he’s still alive.....

There’s a good size Hare on that buck pole ! 😜

Was a friend of my Grandfather's in Grayling, used to run around the museum! As kids we were in awe!!

My first bow was a Bear. I was 14.

Fred is the one on the far right, we used to go to the museum on school field trips, sad that its not here anymore

That's it I'm giving up my camo and I'm going to start wearing a tie.

Love that Ted Nugent song!

Sorry, but can someone tell me witch one is Fred in the picture, never seen the legend!! Thank you

Inspired the worst song ever

Actually me Fred Bear in person, he signed a napkin for my son @ a restaurant in northern WI (sadly he spelled my son’s name wrong 😞)

Dan Hornacek

Brennen Hindbaugh Thought you might enjoy reading.

Great guy met him a few times always happy.

Love the pipes!

In the wind hes there my bow brothers let the arrows flight hit for a boiler room explosion

Brandin

There’s a good size Hare on that buck pole ! 😜

Josiah Wierenga

Thanks nice story

you don't see bucks like that much anymore; to many wolves and snowmobile trails make it to easy to travel on to get to the deer in the winter; which was one of the first things learned in Canada and Alaska by the trappers;snowmobile trails are easy routes for wolves and easy to trap them on!!!

I would guess that Fred is on the far right.He may have started in the porkies, but a lot of his deer hunting was done at Grousehaven,near Rose City. That was owned by Charles Hoyer a GM excutive. That property was four miles long and bordered what is now the Rifle River Area.☺

I've never been to the Porkies yet...but traditional archery is life.

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