A guide to snowmobiling the Porkies

If you love snow, you’ll love the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Situated on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, the area receives nearly 200 inches of snow a year, creating perfect conditions for winter exploration. Bringing a sled? Here’s your guide to snowmobiling in the western U.P.

Where can I snowmobile?

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County are home to more than 350 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that take riders through pristine wilderness areas, past frozen waterfalls and along the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes.

One can’t-miss spot on the trails is the scenic overlook at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The park’s roads are closed to traffic in the winter, but if you’ve got a snowmobile, you can take advantage of this wonderful winter view. Just take Trail 1, which follows 107th Engineers Memorial Highway (also known as M-107), west into the park and enjoy the ride along Lake Superior up to the overlook.

See a map of Ontonagon County snowmobile trails here.

Where can I find trail conditions?

U.P. Travel publishes up-to-date snowmobile trail conditions for Ontonagon County and other counties throughout Upper Michigan.

The North Country Snowmobile Club is responsible for maintenance and grooming of snowmobile trails in the Ontonagon and White Pine areas. Get the latest conditions on their Facebook page.

Where can I stay?

Looking for a home base for your winter adventure? Discover hotels, lodges and cabins that welcome visitors to the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County all year long.

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