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5 reasons to visit right now

Pack your bags and get ready for one of the best vacation experiences in the Midwest. Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to enjoy an adventure in the Porcupine Mountains. There’s so much to do—whether you want to explore the backcountry or just relax and take in the gorgeous scenery. Here are five reasons to head to the Porcupine Mountains right now.

Hike to the top of Summit Peak

A short trail will take you to the highest spot in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Summit Peak Tower Trail takes hikers to the top of Summit Peak (elevation 1,958 feet). On top of the peak, a viewing deck and observation tower offer dramatic views of the park.

Build a Lake Superior sand castle

The largest of the Great Lakes stretches out from the foot of the Porcupine Mountains. Lake Superior offers spectacular views and gorgeous beaches that are perfect for relaxing in the sand. You’ll find 21 miles of shoreline along the edge of the Porcupine Mountains, so it’s easy to find a stretch of shore you can have all to yourself.

Tour the Ontonagon Lighthouse

This old lighthouse was built in 1866, a northern outpost that helped guide early vessels on Lake Superior. The well-preserved structure is a popular photo op and tours give visitors a chance to see a fascinating bit of Great Lakes history.

Cast a line in Bond Falls Flowage

Arguably the most beautiful waterfall in the region also happens to be a great place for anglers. Adjacent to Bond Falls, the Bond Falls Flowage is home to walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass, as well as perch and crappie. See more fishing information.

Ride the Trails at Copper Peak

There are more than five miles of mountain bike trails at Copper Peak, a massive historic ski jump. The trails offer some exhilarating descents and breathtaking views, but if you prefer your rides a little less hilly, there are plenty of easy-to-ride scenic roads to explore around the Porcupine Mountains.

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Note: Please travel safely and responsibly when you are visiting the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Some businesses and facilities may have modified hours or procedures; please contact them directly for information. See Michigan’s latest coronavirus orders here.

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