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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (60,000 acres) is 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. Black bears are common in the Porkies.

More info about the Porkies

Visit the Wilderness Visitor Center


Main Number: (906) 885-5275 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
33303 Headquarters Rd.
Ontonagon 49953-9087 County: Ontonagon
Google Map of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Driving Directions: 3 miles west of Silver City on M-107
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 59020 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Offering: RUSTIC MODERN CABINS YURT LODGE
Area Information:

Areas of attraction within the Porkies include Lake of the Clouds (ADA accessible viewing area), Summit Peak observation tower, and the scenic Presque Isle River corridor which hosts the states second largest waterfalls. Join us in August for the annual Music Festival hosted by the Friends of the Porkies. For further information about this event please visit www.porkiesfestival.org.


Facilities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.: Two Lake Superior boat launches are available to visitors. One launch is located at the Union Bay campground area, and the second is located at the Big Iron rivermouth in Silver City.
Concession/Store: A concession store is located at the Union Bay campground area on M-107. Visitors can purchase firewood, ice, gifts and refreshments. Mountain bike, canoe and kayak rentals are also available. The concessionaire also provides shuttle service to all areas in the park. Make arrangements by calling (906) 885-5612.
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: Fire pits/grills available.
Picnic Shelter(s): The Presque Isle day use area has a picnic shelter available for rent. This shelter can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Visitor Center - Exhibits, interactive displays, multi-image slide shows and other nature programs to orient visitors to Michigans unique cultural and natural features.: The Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center introduces visitors to the rich wilderness heritage of the park. In this educational center you will find an exciting multi-media show, educational exhibits, maps, park information, merchandise and park staff to answer questions. The center is open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET from mid-May to mid-October and is located near the junction of South Boundary Road and Highway M-107.
For more information on the Wilderness Visitor Center, visit www.michigan.gov/porkiesvc.
Yurt: A yurt is a circular, tent-like structure built on a platform. 4 available.
Beach:
Electrical Service:
Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins:
Group Use Area:
Flush toliets and showers.:
Rustic Site:
Walk-in camping sites:

Activities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Cross Country Ski: As part of the downhill ski area, 42k of groomed cross country ski trails is maintained. The trail grooming is supported by donations to the park. All other trails in the park are available for ungroomed cross country skiing. Enjoy the quiet splendor of wooded trails and breathtaking vistas blanketed in winter white from any of the Porkies cross-country trails.
Canoe/Kayak Rental: Boat rentals are available from May 25 to October 15 for canoes and kayaks. Call the concession office at 906-885-5612.
Paddling: The rivers and streams running through the Porkies are shallow rock bottom and are unsuitable for canoeing. However the concessionaire provides shuttling to other local areas more suitable for canoeing.
Fishing: Natural brook trout habitat is found throughout the Porkies watershed. Fishing at Union Spring is prohibited. Fishing in the Lake of the Clouds is artificial lure only. Bass fishing on the Lake of the Clouds is catch and release only.
Hiking: Along with the parks extensive trail system, the North Country Trail includes 23 miles within the state park. The national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York uses the following park trails: West River, Lake Superior, Little Carp River and Lily Pond trails.

Download a printer-friendly overview of the trails
Hunting: The entire park is open to hunting during established seasons with a few exceptions. Please call the park at 906-885-5275 for restrictions.
Designated Watchable Wildlife Site: A Wildlife Viewing Guide is now available online at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.
Swimming: A 1-mile stretch of sandy beach on Union Bay offers the best swimming in the park, but is not designated as a swimming beach and contains no buoys. Swim at your own risk.
Downhill Ski Hill: The Porkies Ski Area boasts 200 skiable acres with a 641-foot vertical drop and 12 runs. Its longest run is 1.2 miles long. Visit www.porkiesfun.com for more information.
Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is an excellent way to reach some of the most remote areas of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. See the trail information below to identify which trails allow mountain biking. Click here for a map of the mountain biking trails.

Click here for a printer-friendly listing of trail lengths and descriptions.
Metal Detecting Areas: Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. Please enjoy this activity only in the area shown in the map of metal detecting areas. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Pet-Friendly Area: Pets (except service animals) are not allowed in any of the state buildings including rustic cabins/yurts and modern lodge. Pets are welcome on the trails, in the campgrounds and along the shoreline. Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under an owners immediate control at all times. Pets are not to be left unattended. Please clean up after your pet.
Interpretive Programs: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park conducts a variety of nature programs throughout the year. For more information, visit the Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center webpage at www.michigan.gov/porkiesvc and click on the current schedule of nature programs.
Wireless Internet Access: Service is available at the visitor center.

Trails at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Rugged and remote, this is the parks longest and most challenging trail. Much of the route parallels the Lake Superior shore and affords many outstanding views.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Winds through impressive stands of old-growth hardwood-hemlock timber. Provides the most direct access for fishing the mouth of the Little Carp River.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Follows the escarpment ridge from the Lake of the Clouds parking area to the Government Peak Trailhead on M-107. Sheer cliffs and scenic vistas of the Lake provide grand scenery. Large elevation changes make this trail a challenge.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Leaving the trailhead on M-107, the trail crosses the upper Carp River, following it to Trap Falls. The trail then swings west through fine stands of hardwood and hemlock to Government Peak and joins the N. Mirror Lake trail .9 miles north of Mirror Lake.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
This popular loop offers scenic views and magnificent old-growth hardwoods. Hiker will encounter steep uphill and downhill trail sections on this route.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
These trails follow the Presque Isle River, largest river in the park. Boardwalk and viewing platforms allow breathtaking views of waterfalls and rapids. For your safety, no swimming or wading is permitted in the Presque Isle River. Be very careful when exploring this area.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Lost lake is a small, secluded wilderness lake. This trail is ideal for the quiet hike and can be combined with the Government Peak Trail to "cross" the mountains with a north-south hike with a one-way distance of 6.7 miles.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
The Union Spring is the second largest natural spring in Michigan (the flow of the spring varies with rainfall).
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
A short interpretive trail featuring the Little Union gorge and the history of the 1846 Union Mine.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
A short interpretive loop designed to orient visitors to many of the natural features found in the park.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
A short trail allowing campers at Union Bay Campground an opportunity to stretch their legs with a hike to the Visitor Center.
Managed by: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
These two trails cross the heart of the parks old-growth forest; combine them with other trail segments to form hiking loops. The Correction Line Trail climbs steeply heading towards Mirror Lake.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Provides access to the Lily Pond area and the Little Carp River Trail.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
This trail offers the most direct route to Mirror Lake and also connects to the Summit Peak Side Trail.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Descends from the Summit Peak parking area then crosses the Little Carp river and adjacent wetlands to join with the Little Carp River Trail.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Travels the escarpment ridge west from Lake of the Clouds then descends into the valley, following the Big Carp River to Lake Superior. Noted for scenic views, old-growth forest, waterfalls, and brook trout fishing.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
From the Lake of the Clouds parking area, the trail descends into the Big Carp River valley before climbing steeply into the parks interior uplands on its way to Mirror Lake. Perched at 1,532 feet above sea level, Mirror Lake is the highest lake in the park.
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: 906-885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5373
Directions:
ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail

Campgrounds at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park


Campground: Porcupine Mountains Union Bay-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $27/$18
  • Total Number of Sites: 100
  • Camp Site Map
  • ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN

Activities & Facilities at Porcupine Mountains Union Bay-Modern

Electrical Service:
Flush toliets and showers.:

Campground: Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle-Rustic

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $15
  • Total Number of Sites: 50
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle-Rustic

Rustic Site:
Vault Toilet:

Campground: Porcupine Mountains-Group Use Area

  • Camper Fee Per Night: Contact the park
  • Total Number of Sites: 2
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering:

Activities & Facilities at Porcupine Mountains-Group Use Area

Group Use Area:
Vault Toilet:

Campground: Porcupine Mountains Rustic Cabins

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $65
  • Total Number of Sites: 19
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC CABINS
Click here to view Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Cabin Program.

Activities & Facilities at Porcupine Mountains Rustic Cabins

Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins: These cabins provide opportunities for people to escape from civilization and explore parts of this pristine wilderness. For more information about rustic cabins, please visit the state park rustic cabin web page.
Vault Toilet:
Walk-in camping sites: Backpackers must register before entering the interior of the park. Trailside camping is permitted, but not within 1/4 mile of any cabin, 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.

Campground: Union River Outpost-Rustic

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $15
  • Total Number of Sites: 3
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at Union River Outpost-Rustic

Vault Toilet:
Rustic Site: These sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted. Water is not provided and must be carried in.
Walk-in camping sites: Campsites located 30 yards from parking area.

Campground: Lost Creek Outpost-Rustic

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $15
  • Total Number of Sites: 3
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at Lost Creek Outpost-Rustic

Rustic Site: These sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are available. Water is also not available and must be carried in.
Vault Toilet:

Campground: White Pine Extension Outpost-Rustic

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $15
  • Total Number of Sites: 8
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at White Pine Extension Outpost-Rustic

Rustic Site: These sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are available. Water is also not available and must be carried in.
Vault Toilet:

Campground: Porcupine Mountains-- Kaug Wudjoo Lodge

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $190/night
  • Total Number of Sites: 1
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: LODGE
Kaug Wudjoo Lodge sleeps 12 with 1.5 bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and a laundry room. The lodge offers all the conveniences of home in a rare, private location overlooking Lake Superior. Inside, guests will discover locally-made cedar log beds, a stone fireplace and hard maple flooring throughout. Pets are not allowed. The lodge can be rented up to 1 year in advance. Please call the park at 906-885-5275 to make a reservation. For more information and photos, please click here.

Campground: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Yurts

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $65/night
  • Total Number of Sites: 4
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: YURT

Activities & Facilities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Yurts

Yurt:

Campground: Porcupine Mountains Back Country Camping

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $15/night
  • Total Number of Sites: 63
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC
An unlimited number of permit can be issued but only 63 spots have a metal fire ring. Fires are restricted to metal fire rings. Cost $14- for 1-6 people. Maximum number per site is 6.

See: Backcountry Camping


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