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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Today's views from Summit Peak! Don't forget your head nets, the mosquitoes are hungry!
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Todays views from Summit Peak!  Dont forget your head nets, the mosquitoes are hungry!
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Can’t wait to get back there. It’s on my list for later this summer.

Gnats were bad too but it’s worth it.

Earlier today.

Black flies were horrendous last weekend.

Tony Fairchild

Jennifer Riter

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5/18/20 - South Boundary Road is now OPEN!!!

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5/18/20 - South Boundary Road is now OPEN!!!

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Do you foresee campgrounds being open by July?

Will campgrounds be open by July?

Caitlin Ortiz

Eric Sillars

Here is a little Porkies beauty to brighten your day! Nonesuch Falls, located near the old Nonesuch Mine site in the park.

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Here is a little Porkies beauty to brighten your day!  Nonesuch Falls, located near the old Nonesuch Mine site in the park.  

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Cool rapids! Is this where None Such Mincemeat comes from? Had to dig out my recipe, and the company is now owned by Smucker! Darn! Anyway, that started me - I could smell it in the oven; I could taste it! Tomorrow, I need to go to the grocery store and get oranges and orange juice, decent pie dish, have apples already and lemons, heavy cream and dark rum for the hard sauce. Sunday has to be bake day!

Love this spot!

Thanks for brightening my day!

Perhaps later this year....

5/13/20 - Rangers were able to clean debris and the ice finally melted…you can now drive to Lake of the Clouds parking lot!!!

South Boundary Road is still CLOSED due to snow in some sections, warm temperatures are forecasted for the area in the next few days, fingers crossed, the snow melts SOON!

Reminder to pack out what you pack in.

Vault toilets are closed, but Port-A-Pottys are in place.

Use caution at Union Bay boat launch.

NO camping, this includes backcountry camping, cabins, yurts, group use, Union Bay Campground, Presque Isle Campground, the outposts and modern lodge.

Practice safe social distancing while enjoying the Porkies!

#porkies #loc #miparks #puremichigan
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5/13/20 - Rangers were able to clean debris and the ice finally melted…you can now drive to Lake of the Clouds parking lot!!!

South Boundary Road is still CLOSED due to snow in some sections, warm temperatures are forecasted for the area in the next few days, fingers crossed, the snow melts SOON!

Reminder to pack out what you pack in.

Vault toilets are closed, but Port-A-Pottys are in place.

Use caution at Union Bay boat launch.

NO camping, this includes backcountry camping, cabins, yurts, group use, Union Bay Campground, Presque Isle Campground, the outposts and modern  lodge.

Practice safe social distancing while enjoying the Porkies!

#porkies #LOC #miparks #puremichiganImage attachment

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Do you have an idea of when you may open for backcountry camping? Obviously COVID comes first, and not sure if anyone really knows much right now, but just curious. Thanks!

Ridiculous that we can't camp in the back country so far from anyone else! Social distance.... but only at Walmart!😡

Why no backcountry camping can imagine anything safer our government is so screwed up

Love the view of Lake of the Clouds from the Escarpment trail.

Backpacking a long long time ago with my daughter....

?? Why the porta potties when toilets are already there.

one of the greatest views in the state also great star gazing on a clear night

Love the spring look of Lake Of the Clouds.

Even we know how to social distance - 6 feet away from each other

Can’t wait to hike this in late July, hopefully the Union Bay Campground is open by then.

I don’t understand no camping this is the tax payers land. I’m sure you can stay 6 feet apart. Wake up people. Question what is going on.

Any thoughts on the cabins being open this summer we have speakers booked but feel like it might not work out this year?

Ohh we have reservations to camp starting on the 23rd... so anxious. 🤞

Can you get to Speakers or Pinkerton on the South Boundary Road from the west'?

Why have port-a-johns but not open the vault toilets?

See you this weekend!

When will backcountry be available?

Hoping you're open in October at least.

When are the backcountry campsites supposed to open ?

beautiful country.

I love our Porkies!

Been here many times

Nick

Jacquelyn Proffitt.

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Visiting Michigan state parks, trails and waterways?
Stay local.
Feeling sick? Stay home.
Avoid crowds.
HQ and amenities closed.
Carry out recyclables and trash.
Bring hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).

Recreation passport suspended until mid-June.

Please...Practice social distancing!

For more detailed information, visit Michigan.gov/DNR
#porkies #puremichigan #MiDNR
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Visiting Michigan state parks, trails and waterways? 
Stay local.
Feeling sick? Stay home. 
Avoid crowds. 
HQ and amenities closed. 
Carry out recyclables and trash. 
Bring hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). 

Recreation passport suspended until mid-June. 

Please...Practice social distancing!

For more detailed information, visit Michigan.gov/DNR
#porkies #puremichigan #midnr

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We’ve noticed campfires there at night! Is that allowed? Just curious

Going where I wanna go! AMERICA!

The whole point of going hiking, backpacking has been social distancing....🤣

So passport suspended until June means exactally what?

Cheryl

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