The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior. The area is part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Porcupine Mountains were named by the native Ojibwa people, supposedly because their silhouette had the shape of a porcupine.Put Porcupine Mountains Ski Area and other Ontonagon attractions into our Ontonagon itinerary planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
The Porcupine Mountains were the site of copper mining in the 19th century. One of these mines is the Nonesuch Mine, which operated sporadically from 1867 to 1912. The Porkies are also the location of a large stand of old growth forest, and home to many black bears. The area is popular among tourists, especially the Lake of the Clouds in the heart of the mountains. There have been numerous bear sightings.
The most striking geological feature of the Porcupine Mountains is the long basalt and conglomerate escarpment parallel to the Lake Superior shore and overlooking Lake of the Clouds, a continuation of the same copper-bearing bedrock found farther northeast on the Keweenaw Peninsula. A second ridge farther inland, on the other side of Lake of the Clouds, includes Summit Peak, the highest point in the mountains at 1,958 feet (595 m). Rivers, waterfalls, swamps, and lakes lie between the rocky outcroppings. There are a number of waterfalls on the Presque Isle River in the extreme western side of the park.
Porcupine Mountains Ski Area Reviews
This is a small local ski hill. Out of the way for most, but the views of Lake Superior are special. The lift is slow and stops a lot, but the ski runs are a lot of fun- especially if you like to pick... more »
First time visitor, mountain overlooks Lake Superior. Smaller ski hill, well groomed, only one chairlift that services the resort, tow rope to access a different area up top. Lodge is clean, and famil... more »
Wonderful hiking area! Some areas impassable in spring. Wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots. Hiking poles are recommended. Will be back to do the trails again.
Relaxing folk music concert, our 3rd year attending. Beautiful setting on the shore of lake superior.
Plan your trip to Ontonagon
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Ontonagon
Side trips from Ontonagon
Hidden gems in Ontonagon
Historic Sites in Ontonagon
Trails in Ontonagon
Nearby attractions in Ontonagon
Plans to Porcupine Mountains Ski Area by other users
9 days in Upper Peninsula BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 45 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 30 days in Michigan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Bayfield BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Ontonagon BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy