Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is 15 miles west of Ontonagon in Michigans Upper Peninsula. The parks 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.The campground is closed for winter. Information about winter camping opportunities is available on the DNR web site.The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in 1945 by Michigans 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. 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.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 100 feet away from your camp. DO NOT FEED THE BEARS ANYWHERE IN THE PARK. Do not cook food inside your tent.
Boat rental, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, metal detecting, mountain biking, paddling, swimming, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs, picnicking
Vault toilets/modern restrooms, cabins, lodge, yurts, boat launch, electric hookups, group use area, picnic shelter, visitor center, concession/store
Online reservations available at http://www.midnrreservations.com/presult.aspx?ParkID=57
Rustic campsite: $14 per night
Back-country campsite: $14-$42 per night
Rustic cabin: $60 per night
Modern campsite: $16-$25 per night
Yurt: $60 per night
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Reviews of Porcupine Mountains State Park
Reviewed by Guest on September 27, 2010
(10 out of 10 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
It is the best place ever especially with dogs. We were there for 3 days and were going back next year for a week. It was a 14 hour drive for us but well worth it. The place is so nice to swim in and the campground is wonderful. We can't wait to go back.
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Reviewed by michigangurl on February 27, 2010
(15 out of 16 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
I can't believe I'm writing the first review of this park. It must be that everyone else wants to keep it a secret. Perhaps it's because it's hard to put the Porkies experience into words. It is difficult. No words can do it justice, but here are some: abundant waterfalls, pristine water, Superior sunsets, bears, eagles, trout, rustic cabins, and miles of trails. Oh, and one more word: solitude. That may just be the best one of all.
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