Porcupine Mountains
Wilderness State Park

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PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK

412 S. Boundary Road
Ontonagon, MI 49953
906-885-5275


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Porcupine 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.

Porcupine Mountains 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, the towering pine and hemlock, seem to defy time. The solitude of the park is mysterious and exciting. 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.

The Department of Natural Resources maintains over 90 miles of foot trails and 16 rustic trailside cabins for the public. Trails traverse most of the park and lead the hikers to the most spectacular overlooks and vistas. Remember that the "Porkies" are rugged. Steep grades and stream crossings are frequently encountered.

Park visitors should plan to begin at the Visitor Center near the junction of South Boundary Road and Highway M-107. There you will find an exciting multi-media show, displays, maps and information, park products, and a Ranger to answer questions.

Backpackers must register before entering the interior of the park. Trailside camping is permitted, but not within 1/4 mile of any cabin or Adirondack shelter, scenic area or road. Some backpack campsites with dry tent pads, a campfire ring and rustic toilets are available. Pack out all non-combustible trash. Bury human waste and tissue paper at least six inches deep (a small plastic trowel works fine). No fires except where designated by the Park Manager and no fires whatsoever during high fire danger weather. Use a pack stove for cooking. All motorized methods of transportation are prohibited on park trails.

Three Adirondack shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and may not be reserved in advance. The only facilities in Adirondack shelters are sleeping platforms, a table and benches.

A modern campground at Union Bay has hot showers, flush toilets, electricity, and a sanitation station. Near the mouth of the Presque Isle River is a semi-modern campground (no electricity). Four rustic camping areas are developed for those that prefer more privacy.

No firearms are allowed in the park except by licensed hunters during designated open seasons.

Small parking lots are available at trailheads. Security parking is offered by various establishments in Silver City.

Black bear are frequently encountered in the park. When camping, hang all food and valuable items on a rope between two trees at least 25-30' above the ground and at least 1000 feet away from your camp. DO NOT FEED THE BEARS ANYWHERE IN THE PARK. Do not cook food inside your tent.

Winter comes early and stays late in the Porkies. South Boundary Road will be plowed through the end of November. During the winter, M-107 is plowed only to the ski area.

Most of all, enjoy your visit at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.


Cabins

Rustic cabin access varies from one to four miles hiking distance. Most cabins have 4 bunks, but they do range from 2 to 8 bunks. Each cabin contains bunks with mattresses, wood heating stoves, cupboard, table and benches, cooking and eating utensils, saw and axe. Cabin users provide bedding, food, towels, lighting, and personal items. A small cooking stove is recommended, especially during summer months. Boats are furnished at Mirror Lake, Lily Pond, and Lake of the Clouds cabins. Reservations should be made in advance with the Park. The cabins rent from 3pm to 3pm. The total rent must accompany all reservations. keys are issued at the Park Office.

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Winter Sports

The Park is the home of the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, a major Michigan winter sports area and an excellent place to introduce the family to the fun of winter. Located in the Lake Superior "snowbelt," the Porkies receive an average annual snowfall of 175+ inches. A 640' vertical drop, long tree-lined runs (the longest being 5,800'), and a spectacular view of Lake Superior make the Porkies some of the finest skiing in the Midwest. 14 expertly groomed Alpine Ski Runs cover 11 miles of slope over a 360 acre area. A triple chairlift, double chairlift, T-Bar, and handle tow serve the slopes with a lift capacity of 3,600 skiers per hour.

42Km of power tilled, double track set cross-country ski trails are also available. Enjoy the quiet splendor of wooded trails and breathtaking vistas blanketed in winter white from any of the Porkies cross-country trails. A unique one-ride lift ticket provides a quick access to the heart of the Nordic trail system from the Chalet.

The Ski Chalet offers a cafeteria, ski shop, ski rentals, certified repairs, and first aid room. Large fireplaces provide a cozy setting to warm you while picture windows provide an excellent view of ski runs and skeres schussing down the slopes.


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Enjoy the Foot Trails

  • LAKE SUPERIOR TRAIL

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  • PINKERTON TRAIL

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  • LITTLE CARP RIVER TRAIL

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  • CROSS TRAIL AND CORRECTION LINE TRAIL

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  • LILY POND TRAIL

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  • SOUTH MIRROR LAKE TRAIL

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  • SUMMIT PEAK TOWER TRAIL

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  • BEAVER CREEK TRAIL

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  • BIG CARP RIVER TRAIL

  • NORTH MIRROR LAKE TRAIL

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  • GOVERNMENT PEAK TRAIL

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  • ESCARPMENT TRAIL

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  • OVERLOOK TRAIL

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  • EAST AND WEST RIVER TRAILS

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  • LOST LAKE TRAIL

  • UNION SPRING TRAIL

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  • UNION MINE TRAIL

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  • VISITOR CENTER NATURE TRAIL

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  • WHITETAIL PATH

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