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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Friday October 25th, 2019 - 7:31 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

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Haha! Leah Strain and Emilie Cole! Last summer Fishermans Island and hammocks and you two and a porcupine! Good times! The best!

I know what they do in the winter. They chew through cables and on the sides of sheds and outhouses.

Had no idea that they live that long!

Interesting

Sierra Quesada

Shell L Miller look they do exist

Chris Hendrickson , Kyle Hendrickson

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Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 - 8:43 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Nature knows.... #MiDNR #miparks #puremichigan #natureAccording to folklore, the amount of black on the woolly bear in autumn varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locality where the caterpillar is found. The longer the woolly bear's black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be.

Even though it is widely believed that the woolly bear caterpillar can predict the upcoming winter's severity, the truth is that this caterpillar can't predict what Old Man Winter has in store for us in the upcoming winter. The woolly bear caterpillar's coloring is based on how long caterpillar has been feeding, its age, and species.
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This was the first year that I ever saw a wooly bear in my yard. And I'm going with it's Mild Winter prediction! πŸ˜€

I saw an all black one in my back yard!

We must be doomed! This guy was on my porch πŸ˜–πŸ˜±

I just took this on Saturday in Escanaba.

I heard the color band size is due to the amount of moisture in their system, not a prediction.

Hmmm Mother Nature is going to do what it wants with or without the wooly wormπŸ˜‚

I’ve seen a few all black ones 😬

When is projected opening? πŸ™‚

SE Michigan

Rick, we are going to have the last one. Mild start, harsh end.

10 Oct. ‘19 SE MI 🀷🏻‍♂️

Found one yesterday that was all black. Guess we’re screwed.

I don't know, seems like a bunch of crap to me!

I have seen all these this year.... ol’ neighbor and I joke when we see one the latest forecast lol

Haven’t seen any so who knows

What does it mean when it's all black?πŸ˜‚

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Tom Hinken

Lee Pravechek

James

Ronda Redmond

Nicole Humphrey

Donna Vandenberg we were just talking about this!

Amanda Breasbois-Schulz

David Wisniewski

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Sunday October 20th, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Beautiful day in the colorful Northwoods! Chairlifts are running for another couple of hours. Thank you to all who have come out and taken in the beauty! #MiDNR #miparks #puremichigan ... See MoreSee Less

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It really was perfect! If you missed it this year, make a point to do it next!

Perfect day!

Saturday October 19th, 2019 - 11:26 am

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies

Chairlift Rides Update: The extended fall chairlift rides have been canceled for today due to rain and wind. They are still scheduled to operate tomorrow, the last day, from noon until 6pm. Check back here to see if they will be running. #MiDNR #miparks #puremichigan #fall #chairliftrides ... See MoreSee Less

Chairlift Rides Update:  The extended fall chairlift rides have been canceled for today due to rain and wind.  They are still scheduled to operate tomorrow, the last day, from noon until 6pm.  Check back here to see if they will be running.  #midnr #miparks #puremichigan #fall #chairliftrides

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We were there in Sept. Always love it! πŸ’•πŸ’•

Breath taking!!! To bad we live so far away porcupine mountains would have been the perfect place to take Senior pictures for our Son!!!

So beautiful we went a couple of weeks ago, just beautiful ❀️

Question: my 91 year old mom who walks with a rollater would absolutely love to take the chairlift ride tomorrow. Will the chairlift stop so she can get on/off? She wouldn't be able to do it if its moving.

So bummed. Was supposed to come todayπŸ˜”

This is one of my pics from Sunday. Beautiful area for backpacking! πŸ‘

beautiful scenery.

Megan Irene Cooley I would do do this!☺

Michael Rosenow

Kristine Lyrla

Was there winter of 86. Best cross country Skiing ever. Great job on grooming.Love Porkies.

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