Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park


Location:3 miles west of Silver City on M-107.
Facilities:100 modern campsites, 70 rustic campsites, a rental lodge, 19 rustic cabins, organization campground, picnic area and shelter, trails (100+ miles), beach house, canoe/kayak rentals (seasonal), 2 boat launches, concession/store, visitor center (open mid-May to mid-October), ski lodge, ski rentals.
Activities:Camping, hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, wildlife observation, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Located 15 miles west of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan's largest state park (and only state-designated wilderness) is one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest. Set on the shores of Lake Superior, the park includes old-growth forest and varied scenic vistas. Areas of attraction within the "Porkies" include the Lake of the Clouds viewing area, Summit Peak observation tower, and the scenic Presque Isle River corridor, which has the state's second largest waterfall. The park also contains the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area, a major Michigan winter sports area.
Address:33303 Headquarters Rd
Ontonagon, MI 49953

Phone:906-885-5275
Web: www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/ParksandTrailsInfo.aspx?id=426
Size: 59,020 acres.

See other parks in Michigan.
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AP) -- Students at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood will operate the ski hill at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park this season.
The Porcupine Mountains Winter Ski Area will open Dec.
In part II, he travels more widely offering interesting observations of Colorado, Wisconsin, the North Cascades, the Great Lakes including Isle Royale, the Porcupine Mountains wilderness, and New York at Niagara Falls.
You don't have to head to the coasts to find deep, dark, ancient woods: Try Michigan's Upper Peninsula, home to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, at nearly 60,000 acres the last extensive tract of old-growth forest remaining in the Midwest.
Most of the original white and red pine forests outside the boundaries of protected areas like Porcupine Mountains State Park have been logged for paper mills and replaced by younger stands of birch and aspen.
The 60,000-acre Porcupine Mountains State Park, bordering Lake Superior in Ontonagon County, is another area of the UP where there has been some evidence of pumas over the past few decades.
There are also earlier records of pumas in the Porcupine Mountains.
Another area with persistent mountain lion sightings is the Huron Mountains of Marquette County east of Porcupine Mountains State Park.
The new 363-point eastern white pine champion was discovered in the old-growth of the Porcupine Mountains of Upper Michigan.
Several other friends spent three weekends trekking through the Porcupine Mountains in Upper Michigan trying to locate and measure a white spruce that was plainly visible from the road across a few miles of forest.
but they were still there - wheels, gears, and polished chrome, well inside Michigan's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
We see bike tracks on all the trails now," says Porcupine Mountains manager Bob Vanderwall.