Porcupine Mountains

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Recreation Passport Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 59020 (Acres)

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.

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. As Michigan’s largest state park, planning your trip may require the use of various maps. Links to these important maps are provided below.

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.

Trails

Porcupine Mts-Beaver Creek Trail
Trail Length: 1.20 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Big Carp River Trail
Trail Length: 9.60 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Cross Trail/Correction Line Trail
Trail Length: 7.30 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Deer Yard Trail
Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Double Trail
Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-East and West River Trails
Trail Length: 2.30 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-East and West Vista Trail
Trail Length: 2.50 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Escarpment Trail
Trail Length: 4.30 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Government Peak Trail
Trail Length: 7.30 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Lake Superior Trail
Trail Length: 17.10 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Lily Pond Trail
Trail Length: 2.50 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Log Camp Trail
Trail Length: 5.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Lost Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.40 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Nonesuch Trail
Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-North Mirror Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.80 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Overlook Trail
Trail Length: 2.70 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Pinkerton Trail
Trail Length: 2.60 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-River Trail
Trail Length: 10.50 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-South Mirror Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Summit Peak Tower Trail
Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Superior Loop
Trail Length: 1.50 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Triple Trail
Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Union Mine Trail
Trail Length: 1.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Union Spring Trail
Trail Length: 4.00 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking

Porcupine Mts-Visitor Center Nature Trail
Trail Length: 1.40 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Porcupine Mts-Whitetail Path
Trail Length: 0.80 (Miles)
Cross Country Skiing, Hiking

Campgrounds

Lost Creek Outpost-Rustic
3 site(s)
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Porcupine Mountains Back Country Camping
63 site(s)

Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle-Rustic
50 site(s)
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Porcupine Mountains Rustic Cabins
19 site(s)
Cabins & Lodges, Vault Toilet, Walk-in Sites

Porcupine Mountains Union Bay-Modern
100 site(s)
Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Yurts
4 site(s)
Yurt

Porcupine Mountains– Kaug Wudjoo Lodge
1 site(s)

Porcupine Mountains-Group Use Area
2 site(s)
Group Use Area, Vault Toilet

Union River Outpost-Rustic
3 site(s)
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet, Walk-in Sites

White Pine Extension Outpost-Rustic
8 site(s)
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

 

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