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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Wednesday August 5th, 2020 - 3:51 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Our Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST daily.

Purchase your Michigan Recreation Passport from the friendly faces behind the counter, ask questions and pick up maps before heading out on the trails.

Michigan Resident Annual - $17.00
Non-Resident Daily Pass - $9.00
Non Resident Annual Pass - $34.00

#porkies #puremichigan #lakeoftheclouds #hiketheporkies
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Our Visitor Center is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST daily.

Purchase your Michigan Recreation Passport from the friendly faces behind the counter, ask questions and pick up maps before heading out on the trails.

Michigan Resident Annual - $17.00
Non-Resident Daily Pass - $9.00
Non Resident Annual Pass - $34.00

#porkies #puremichigan #lakeoftheclouds #hiketheporkies

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Was there yesterday to get a map. Already have the recreation passport. Union Spring is a nice hike!

Thanks! I was wondering if I needed to purchase a passport online or if I could get one there

We've been going for 21 years.

Up North

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We are looking to fill various temporary positions at the Porkies.

Give us a call 906-885-5276 or email penegorg@michigan.gov for more information.

Don't Delay...Call Today!
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We are looking to fill various temporary positions at the Porkies.

Give us a call 906-885-5276 or email penegorg@michigan.gov for more information. 

Dont Delay...Call Today!

Wednesday July 29th, 2020 - 10:29 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

What an incredible view from the Lake of the Clouds viewing area. After being caught in a quick thunderstorm, a guest was able to catch this pic. Lake of the Clouds views never disappoint!
pc: Nate Baldwin and family
#porkies #lakeoftheclouds #puremichigan #hiketheporkies
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What an incredible view from the Lake of the Clouds viewing area.  After being caught in a quick thunderstorm, a guest was able to catch this pic.  Lake of the Clouds views never disappoint!
pc: Nate Baldwin and family
#porkies #lakeoftheclouds #puremichigan #hiketheporkies

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Some of my favorite pics of my daughter happened up at Lake of the Clouds <3❤❤❤ such an amazing backdrop!!

Been up there quite a few times over the years. The view never ceases to amaze.

Beautiful place was there years ago camped at park without a tent slept under the stars

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."

Was just there last week...love the UP!!!!

I was just there on Tuesday...absolutely beautiful. I would love to go back in the fall and see the fall colors. 🥰

I finally made it to the lake of the clouds. Beautiful view

Wow - great photo of one of my favorite spots. Thanks Nikki

Calming moments in deep thought bring me back there! I loved being at the Lake of the Clouds! Sooooo beautiful!

We went there a lot my dad love this place

Did a motorcycle trip to the Lake of the Clouds. Beautiful scenery. God's landscape.

We were there! It’s amazingly beautiful!

My family had a cabin in Silver City in the 1940s. I have gone back to visit the area ever since.

First place I ever backpacked. Went back several times. Wonderful memories!!!

Beautiful place! Everyone should see this in person

Honeymooned there always a special place.😎

We love going there when we get the chance. Beautiful place!

The pot at the end of the rainbow! Spectacular!

I have been there. It is beautiful!

that is awesome

Lake of the Clouds is a very nice place

I love that area summer andx winter

Beautiful up there. I have been there twice.

Awesome pic, sure looks a lot different than it does in February.

How neat thank you for sharing.

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Road resurfacing is happening on South Boundary Road starting near the Visitor Center entrance heading south about 3 miles. Please use caution when traveling this area.
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Road resurfacing is happening on South Boundary Road starting near the Visitor Center entrance heading south about 3 miles. Please use caution when traveling this area.  
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Eric Sillars smooth road??? 🤩

Laureen Watkins Miller. FYI

Thank you to one of our visitors who snapped and shared this photo after a thunderstorm at the Lake of the Clouds. ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to one of our visitors who snapped and shared this photo after a thunderstorm at the Lake of the Clouds.

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We went there last year in August, lake of the clouds was amazing, so are the waterfalls, definitely a return trip is needed. Union River Big Bear Campground is the place to camp

Somewhere in that area there was a cable bridge over a stream and as kids we thought it was funny to make it sway while my mother was on it, she did not agree.

I have been there and it is amazing! I would like to go in the fall when leaves have changed.

Skiing is great there too. I was there when I was in high school on a ski trip in 1959.

Enjoyed skiing there; years ago.

Was there last week. Got caught in big rain on the cutoff trail in the east end of LOC. It was a beautiful, foggy, eerie view, but it was raining too hard to take pics!

The Boy Scouts from Chenoa go there, thanks to their scoutmaster, Mike Embry.

Have been there and it is breathtaking, but didn't get a photo like this one. Captured "Right On!"

Was there last week!

My view earlier this week!

there is an awesome waterfall at the south end of the porkies right next to a ski hill.

I love this lookout. Happy childhood memories.

Visited it last week, absolutely beautiful.

One of my favorite places to go ! Unbelievably beautiful when the leaves are turning !

It is pretty much the same. The roads are better.

Beautiful pic. We were there twice. Two great vacations.

We have a trip planned to go there. Awesome.

Have camped there, love it!

Looks like they’ve been doing a lot of clear cutting up there.

We used to go camping up there...so beautiful!!☺

My brother and niece are visiting this weekend. Wish I was there!

Beautiful. Love the Porcupine Mountains.

Yep, been at that very spot. Lovely!

We have been there. It’s absolutely beautiful!

very nice area you have to go their at least once to enjoy the beauty

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