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Discover fall’s greatest hits

September 23, 2019

It’s the perfect time to fall in love with the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Awe-inspiring hikes, postcard-perfect waterfalls, even the ruins of an abandoned mining community—there’s plenty to fill your days in our picturesque corner of the Upper Peninsula. Here are a few things you shouldn’t miss this fall. Looking for a place to … Continue reading “Discover fall’s greatest hits”

Four ways to enjoy fall in the Porcupine Mountains

August 19, 2019

Get ready for a dazzling display. The forests of the Upper Peninsula have already started to blossom into brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red, and the color show will only get more breathtaking in the coming month. Want to see it for yourself? Here are four ways to enjoy this colorful season in the … Continue reading “Four ways to enjoy fall in the Porcupine Mountains”

Wonderful waters: Swimming, lakes, waterfalls & more

July 17, 2019

There’s lots of water to explore in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County, from rushing waterfalls to the majesty of Lake Superior. Whether you’re looking for a swimming spot on a hot day or seeking a scenic hiking route for your next Instagram post, here’s the inside info on how to get on (or in) … Continue reading “Wonderful waters: Swimming, lakes, waterfalls & more”

Three days in the Porcupine Mountains

July 10, 2019

Fill your days with wonder in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Follow these suggestions for a truly unforgettable summer getaway to the Upper Peninsula. Day 1 Afternoon Pick up supplies. Take Highway 45 and you’ll find the village of Ontonagon, which is home to restaurants, retailers and more that can help you gear up … Continue reading “Three days in the Porcupine Mountains”

5 reasons to visit right now

May 20, 2019

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 … Continue reading “5 reasons to visit right now”

Your seasonal guide to the Porcupine Mountains

April 18, 2019

Whether you’re seeking out fast-flowing spring waterfalls or basking in the explosion of fall color, there’s plenty to do every season in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Here’s a seasonal breakdown on traveling to this scenic corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Spring (April-June) Once the snow tapers off and the temperatures warm up, the … Continue reading “Your seasonal guide to the Porcupine Mountains”

Where are the Porcupine Mountains?

March 20, 2019

Where are the Porcupine Mountains? The Porcupine Mountains is a mountain range located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the shore of Lake Superior. The mountains are located in two counties (Ontonagon and Gogebic) and are part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. While the area includes vast tracts of wilderness, White … Continue reading “Where are the Porcupine Mountains?”

Instagram-worthy waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains

February 27, 2019

No matter when you choose to visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you’ll discover an abundance of awe-inspiring natural beauty. Vibrant fall colors. Snow-laden forests. Rushing waterfalls. Want to make your Instagram followers jealous? Here are a few falls you shouldn’t miss—grab your camera and get started (no filter required). … Continue reading “Instagram-worthy waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains”

Snowmobiling in the Porkies

January 28, 2019

Snowmobiling the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is winter riding at its finest. Experience the snow-covered beauty of the western Upper Peninsula as you cruise through a landscape of soaring evergreens, gently flowing rivers and icy lakes. Here are three trails you shouldn’t miss. Trail 1: Lake of the Clouds and Lake Gogebic Start on … Continue reading “Snowmobiling in the Porkies”

Discover a cozy U.P. getaway

January 3, 2019

Spend your days exploring the snow-covered wilds of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Then spend your nights curled up in comfort at welcoming hotels, cabins and more in Ontonagon, Silver City and White Pine. Here’s where to book your winter getaway. Ontonagon Adventurers will find small-town charm in the village of Ontonagon, which sits … Continue reading “Discover a cozy U.P. getaway”

November 21, 2018

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Backcountry snowshoeing

October 29, 2018

One of the most rewarding ways to explore the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is also one of the simplest.

Ghosts of the Porkies

September 24, 2018

It was a small but booming community, with 300 people, a school, a post office, and a baseball team. But everyone left the little mining town of Nonesuch Falls; the buildings crumbled, the trees grew in the streets and the only sounds you hear today are the wind in the leaves and the rush of … Continue reading “Ghosts of the Porkies”

Catching fall color in the Porkies

August 27, 2018

Fall color lovers: welcome to paradise. The Porcupine Mountains in Ontonagon County is the ideal place for a fall getaway—because of our ideal location near Lake Superior, the leaves here stay brighter longer, and we have lodging that will put you in the heart of the show. Here are just a few of the amazing … Continue reading “Catching fall color in the Porkies”

Fall waterfall tours in Ontonagon County

August 7, 2018

An unforgettable way to experience fall beauty in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is to take a drive to explore some of the region’s wild waterfalls. During the fall, these cascades are framed by spectacular fall color and free from early-season crowds. Here are three waterfalls to visit on your next fall color tour. … Continue reading “Fall waterfall tours in Ontonagon County”

3 classic fall drives in the Porkies

August 7, 2018

Fall is a special time to travel through the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Every bend of the road brings a new splash of color and a new vista to savor, and thanks to the proximity to Lake Superior, trees here hold their colors longer than some destinations to the south. Whether you’re driving a … Continue reading “3 classic fall drives in the Porkies”

Ontonagon County fall color hot spots

August 7, 2018

When you visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County, you’ll discover an extraordinary fall travel destination—the fall colors here will take your breath away. The Porkies are located at the edge of Lake Superior, so the trees hold their brilliant colors longer than many other places in the region. Here are a few of the … Continue reading “Ontonagon County fall color hot spots”

What do you love about the Porkies?

August 4, 2018

You’re bound to discover a new favorite (or rediscover an old one) whenever you visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Whether it’s hiking to find a scenic waterfall, stopping at a charming shop to pick up souvenirs, or stopping for a great photo op, everyone has their favorites in our beautiful corner of the … Continue reading “What do you love about the Porkies?”

Fall getaways in the Porkies

July 23, 2018

One of Upper Michigan’s most magical seasons is fast approaching. The forests of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange, a beautiful contrast to the sparking blue of Lake Superior. Now is the ideal time to book a trip—lodging is still available, so be sure to secure a … Continue reading “Fall getaways in the Porkies”

Explore the shores of Lake Superior in the western U.P.

June 27, 2018

A trip to Ontonagon County and the Keweenaw Peninsula isn’t complete without a visit to the shores of Lake Superior. Some of the region’s most breathtaking views can be found from these northern beaches and lighthouses. Get out on the water with a canoe or kayak rental at Porcupine Mountain Outpost, located in the Porcupine … Continue reading “Explore the shores of Lake Superior in the western U.P.”

Dig into the Upper Peninsula’s mining history

June 27, 2018

The Keweenaw Peninsula—Ontonagon County’s neighbor to the east–is known as Copper Country, but mining was a big industry throughout the U.P. When copper was discovered in the area in the 1800s, business tycoons jumped on the opportunity and began establishing mines throughout the peninsula. Thousands of immigrants searching for work settled in the western Upper … Continue reading “Dig into the Upper Peninsula’s mining history”

Discover the U.P.’s engaging history

June 27, 2018

The Upper Peninsula has a rich history of innovation and ingenuity. One of the best ways to discover the area’s fascinating past is to visit the local heritage sites, museums and historical landmarks. The Ontonagon Historical Society and Lighthouse is at the western base of the Keweenaw Peninsula, making it a great place to start … Continue reading “Discover the U.P.’s engaging history”

Discover boundless outdoor adventures

June 27, 2018

The best way to experience the Upper Peninsula is by getting outside. There is so much to see in the area, from forests and wildlife to breathtaking waterfalls and landscapes. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a must-visit hiking destination. The park covers 60,000 acres of unforgettable old-growth wilderness, with breathtaking views and opportunities … Continue reading “Discover boundless outdoor adventures”

Picture-perfect Porkies

June 14, 2018

The dramatic natural beauty of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is a photographer’s dream. The area is rich in iconic sights, dramatic vistas and wild waterfalls. The region draws professional wildlife photographers as well as people who simply want to capture something beautiful on their phone to share with friends and family. Here are … Continue reading “Picture-perfect Porkies”

Paddling the Porkies

May 24, 2018

Paddling season has arrived in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County, a wild and beautiful paddling destination that’s a favorite with paddlers who love adventure. There’s expansive paddling along the Lake Superior shoreline, as well as rivers and lakes to navigate inland. Here’s a quick guide to paddling the Porkies. Lake Superior The greatest of … Continue reading “Paddling the Porkies”

Join us at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival

April 23, 2018

This August, top talent will again return to one of the most beautiful music festival locations in the Midwest. The lineup for the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is out. We have the full details and everything you need to attend this fantastic festival—including chances to win free tickets. The festival The festival returns to the … Continue reading “Join us at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival”

Brook trout fishing in the Porkies

March 22, 2018

Anglers seeking adventure and a chance to catch something special will find it in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. The rivers and streams that lace this area offer a perfect natural brook trout habitat. The experience can be as challenging as you like, and your efforts will be well rewarded—the fish are magnificent, providing … Continue reading “Brook trout fishing in the Porkies”

Porkies day hiking guide

February 26, 2018

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers some of the region’s best backcountry trails, and the day hiking options are almost endless. Our lodging properties surround the park and make the perfect base camp for exploring backcountry lakes and waterfalls. Here are a few good trails for day hikes in the Porkies. Lost Lake Trail … Continue reading “Porkies day hiking guide”

Snowburst Winter Carnival – Saturday, Feb. 24

February 22, 2018

The Snowburst Winter Carnival returns to the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area on Saturday, February 24. Please join us for this fun, family-friendly event to celebrate all the great winter activities the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County have to offer. Here are just a few things you’ll find at this year’s Snowburst Winter Carnival, which will … Continue reading “Snowburst Winter Carnival – Saturday, Feb. 24”

Waterfall treks in the Porkies

January 25, 2018

Adventurous hikers have some spectacular sights to explore in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. The region has an abundance of wild waterfalls, including many that can be reached via hiking trails—when there’s snow, they are great to explore on snowshoes. Here are three destinations that are beautiful locations for a waterfall hike. Black River … Continue reading “Waterfall treks in the Porkies”

Breathtaking skiing in the Porkies

January 3, 2018

Skiers who appreciate beauty and adventure will find an unforgettable ski experience in the Porkies. The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is nestled in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. When you step off the ski lift, turn around and you’ll know why you’re here. Lake Superior stretches out below like a vast blue inland sea, … Continue reading “Breathtaking skiing in the Porkies”

Winter lodging in the Porkies

October 30, 2017

Accessing the winter beauty of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is easy and affordable, thanks to abundant lodging options in the area. Discover resorts, hotels and more ideally located near trails and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. When winter is in full swing, these properties fill up quickly, so now’s the perfect time … Continue reading “Winter lodging in the Porkies”

Fall waterfall drives

October 5, 2017

For those embarking on a fall color tour in the Porkies, the journey is the destination. Every turn of the road brings a new splash of color—trees here turn vibrant shades of red, orange and gold, and because of their proximity to Lake Superior, the trees hold their colors longer than some destinations to the … Continue reading “Fall waterfall drives”

Fall adventures in the Porkies

September 14, 2017

If you dream of adventure, head to the Porkies and dream in full color. There’s plenty of beauty to explore in Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County, and this is one of the best times take a fall color tour.  Our trees are ablaze in brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, and because of our … Continue reading “Fall adventures in the Porkies”

Experience Fall in the Porkies

August 15, 2017

A magical season is arriving in the Porkies. As temperatures begin to cool, our area becomes a blaze of fall color. Lake Superior provides a shimmering blue contrast to the brilliant foliage. The lake warms the air, causing the trees here to hold their color longer into the season. Take a walk on a woodland … Continue reading “Experience Fall in the Porkies”

Scenic beaches in the Porkies

June 28, 2017

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County border Lake Superior and are home to some outstanding scenic beaches, places that are perfect for beachcombing, picnicking or taking in an amazing sunset. Dip your toe into the lake’s clear, refreshing water—or if you’re adventurous, take a swim. Here are three beaches to enjoy in the Porkies: Ontonagon … Continue reading “Scenic beaches in the Porkies”

Wild and scenic biking in the Porkies

May 26, 2017

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is a beautiful place to explore on two wheels. You’ll find miles of scenic road biking and some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest. All you need to a sense of adventure and the desire to explore the beauty of the Porkies. Here’s a guide to get … Continue reading “Wild and scenic biking in the Porkies”

Porcupine Mountains summer quick guide

May 3, 2017

Welcome to summer in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula—a time of year when the air is fresh with the scent of pine, the forest is lush and Lake Superior takes on endless shades of blue. This is the perfect time to explore one of the last wild places in the … Continue reading “Porcupine Mountains summer quick guide”

Unforgettable summer attractions

May 2, 2017

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Upper Midwest, but there’s more to the area than wild waterfalls, vast forests and incredible trails. This is a place where adventurers of all ages can find unforgettable views, heart-pounding thrills and even a bit of mystery. Now is the … Continue reading “Unforgettable summer attractions”

Backcountry fishing

April 5, 2017

Adventurous anglers are richly rewarded in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. While you can reach some fishing spots easily by car, some of the most memorable fishing in the Porkies involves a bit of a hike. These wild rivers, roaring streams and pristine lakes are teeming with fish and can be reached via a … Continue reading “Backcountry fishing”

Waterfall wonders

March 1, 2017

The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County receive as much as 200 inches of snow each year, and when that snow melts, magic happens. Waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County put on powerful and dramatic spring displays that rival woodland rivers anywhere in the Midwest. There are many waterfalls located in the heart of … Continue reading “Waterfall wonders”

Trails

February 8, 2017

There’s a place where dazzling fall colors meet the sparkling shores of a great lake. A place where you can trek to a lake nestled among the clouds. A place where you can hike through old-growth forests, accompanied only by the sound of your steps on freshly fallen leaves. A place that will awaken your … Continue reading “Trails”

Snowmobiling into the clouds

January 5, 2017

One of the more spectacular rides in the Midwest is located in the heart of the Porcupine Mountains. Lake of the Clouds is an iconic spot you simply have to visit. In the winter, the park’s roads are closed to automobile traffic, so snowmobiling is the fastest way to an incredible view. Here are the … Continue reading “Snowmobiling into the clouds”

Plan your Porkies adventure

September 9, 2016

Order the free Porcupine Mountains Official Map and Guide to plan your next getaway to Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Discover waterfalls, explore the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and learn about hiking, shopping, dining, activities and more in Ontonagon County. The guide includes scenic driving tours and will help you find attractions like Summit Peak, … Continue reading “Plan your Porkies adventure”

Discover adventure in the Porcupine Mountains

September 6, 2016

Explore the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Find impressive waterfalls, spectacular scenery, beautiful old-growth forests and gorgeous Lake Superior beaches. Enjoy comfortable lodging that’s surrounded by exceptional outdoor beauty. Learn more.

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