Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Porcupine Mountains - Entrance sign

My favorite in all of Michigan, my heart stopped in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, and I do believe it's still there. 

"The mountains are calling and I must go."  ~ John Muir


Porcupine Mountains Locatio



Red dot shows location of the Porcupine Mountains – basically the westernmost side of the Upper Peninsula. 

The shark fin looking tip at top is the Keweenah Peninsula.




See Malia's Miles Blog post "Why I Can't Leave Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park" for why I put off my departure from there two times!

I also have an article about some of my favorite times here, including the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, published in the August 2012 edition of MotorHome Magazine, copied here with their permission

Here's a 2 minute video of beach scenes on Highway 107 entering the park:  YouTube


Links to all Porcupine Mountains pages I've completed can be seen as dropdown navigation as you hover over the main button for this page.

Here are pictures and descriptions I posted to Facebook (they're public so you don't need a Facebook account to view them):

Porcupine Mountains  (miscellaneous pictures)

Union Bay Campground (miscellaneous pictures)

Union Bay Campground (individual sites)

Union Bay – Windy Day  (YouTube)

Lightening on Lake Superior (Union Bay CG)

Rainbow on Lake Superior (Union Bay CG)

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (photos)

Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (YouTube video)

Presque Isle

Summit Peak Hike

Bond Falls

Greenstone Falls

Overlooked Falls

Books About Porcupine Mountains I Wish I Had Seen Before Trip

These books were recommended to me, and I think if I had seen them before I did, especially in the planning stage, I maybe would have seen things that I missed.  Oh well, another reason to plan a return trip!

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS COMPANION; FOURTH EDITION (Michael Rafferty and Robert Sprague – 2001)
Jimmy Newkirk, the Park Ranger I met at Union Bay, highly recommended this book as it was written by very knowledgeable former Porcupine Mountains State Park rangers.  At the time I looked for it at the Outpost Store and the Visitor’s Center, I was told it was released in 2001 and is now out of print, but they sure wished they had more because it was requested a lot. I finally found it at Wilderness Adventures & Supply in Silver City.  The owner, Diana, told me "it’s still relevant – nothing much changes except there’s now more yurts.”  I didn’t find this until my stay there was almost over, but I enjoyed reading it and have marked things in it to check out on my next trip. As of January, 2013, Amazon.com has 5 used copies from the link above ranging in price from $29 to $100!  In looking at the reviews, one guy said the Fifth Edition (2012) was out and he got one at the park store, but I couldn’t find one on Amazon or by Googling for it.  But if you can snag a copy of either edition somewhere, I say get it!  One guy is trying to sell the Third Edition (1996) for $92, so these are precious!  I'm definitely keeping mine!

The Porcupine Wilderness Journals (Fralish – 2001)
Even though recommended, I almost didn’t get this book since it was dated and related to entries in the log books provided from people who rented the rustic, backcountry cabins within the Porkies and I’m interested more in the RV camping aspects.  But I’m really glad I did get it, because the thoughts, emotions, poetry and artwork were inspiring, and the insights and experiences so interesting.  There’s just a couple new available from Amazon from the link above from $12 to $69!  Used & collectible versions are also available with a vast price range, too.  I say get this because it probably won’t be around for long at a reasonable price.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 3rd Edition (Jim DuFresne)
While I'm not a true "backcountry" hiker, this says: "In the only guidebook devoted to the trail system, Jim DuFresne provides backpackers, hikers, campers, cross country skiers and snowshoers with all the information they need to plan a perfect trip to the Porkies. Trail descriptions include mileage, where to camp at night, difficulty and highlights along the way and correspond to more than 20 detailed maps."  So I intend to get this for next trip to the Porkies because I like to have as much info as possible on hikes I want to take.

Other Links to Porcupine Mountains Information:

Friends of the Porkies – A nonprofit organization that represents the interests of all users of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (MI Dept. of Natural Resources)
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

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (Pure Michigan)
Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes and miles of wild rivers and streams in 60,000 acres. Camp on the shore of Lake Superior and enjoy sunsets from your site.

Porcupine Mountains (porcupine mountains.com)
Adventurers welcome.  Find yourself – find four seasons of scenery, wilderness adventure and relaxation in the Porcupine Mountains and the communities in Ontonagon County

Eye on Michigan – A nice overview of attractions, trails, bike routes, fishing, camping and other lodging.

YouTube Videos I enjoyed:

Exploring the park in June 2011

Park overview

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