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.Using our world travel planner, Ontonagon attractions like Porcupine Mountains State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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 State Park Reviews
We just Loved this State Park...so many waterfalls to see..We went the first week of October 2018..the colors were peaking! Never saw such beautiful color before... more »
We have gone to the Porkies for our 7th winter trip, luckily, this year we went and it was the Midwest telefest. Amazing snow and long xc gliding trails, awesome for skijoring, huge winter storm, trul... more »
Great trip! It was very beautiful. It was our honeymoon, so I may have been bias but we were camped on the lake. The sunset was one of the best I’ve ever seen.
This is an amazing area, DNR are unbelievably nice and will answer any questions. Campsites are nice and never had a problem while staying. They will come around after 11 if you are blaring music but leave you alone if you are just having fun. I recommend going and enjoying all of what nature has to offer.
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