November 21, 2022
Get ready for some winter fun in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. In this three-day itinerary, you’ll discover the region’s dining options, outstanding outdoor recreation at the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex, and scenic, snow-covered waterfalls. Day 1 Arrive in the Porcupine Mountains and check into one of our welcoming lodges, cabins, resorts, or … Continue reading “Follow this itinerary for a fun weekend getaway”
November 10, 2022
This park on the western shore of Lake Gogebic offers a boat launch, swimming area, and several RV and tent camping sites. Park is generally open May 1-October 1. Note that daily or annual passes are required and can be purchased from the park manager.
November 7, 2022
Find information, maps, and interpretive exhibits about the Ottawa National Forest at this visitor center, which is open to the public from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. The “Bear’s Den” sales outlet offers environmental books, Ottawa National Forest apparel, and other gifts for purchase. In the summer (late May to early August), the visitor … Continue reading “Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center”
October 31, 2022
Get ready for fun when the snow flies—the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula are home to some truly outstanding winter recreation options, from downhill skiing to backcountry snowshoeing to fast-paced snowmobiling. Here’s a closer look. Downhill skiing Want a great skiing and snowboarding experience with an incredible view of Lake … Continue reading “What to do this winter in the Porcupine Mountains”
August 26, 2022
If you love eye-catching beauty and stunning scenery, fall is the ideal time to visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Here’s a closer look at the best ways to see Mother Nature’s outstanding color show. First, check to see the latest fall color reports to make sure you’re coming at … Continue reading “The best ways to see fall color in the Porcupine Mountains”
June 27, 2022
Lake Superior offers almost endless options for exploration, whether you’re taking a scenic stroll along the beach, hunting for agates or Yooperlites on the shore, or paddling out into the crystal-clear water. Here’s a look at just a few ways to experience the greatest of the Great Lakes. Beaches The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County … Continue reading “The best ways to explore Lake Superior”
June 8, 2022
There are lots of great trails in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, ranging from short out-and-back routes to see hidden waterfalls to longer, more challenging hikes that take hikers throughout the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. If you’re looking to get out for a morning or afternoon of adventure, here … Continue reading “Two half-day hikes to enjoy in the Porcupine Mountains”
June 3, 2022
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May 27, 2022
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May 18, 2022
Take a road trip through the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County to discover these unique historical attractions.
May 11, 2022
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May 10, 2022
Looking for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation? Stop by the Konteka Black Bear Resort in White Pine, where you’ll find the Black Bear Restaurant, Black Bear Lounge and Black Bear Lanes, as well as laundry and a convenience store.
May 10, 2022
Offering a convenience store with all your general necessities including beer and wine. Also located on the premises is a gas pump, the only one in between Ontonagon and Bergland.
May 10, 2022
The Konteka Black Bear Restaurant, Lounge, and bowling alley is a hub for a good time with the option to drink, dine, and bowl! Their bowling alley has six lanes, a pool table, and air hockey table. It is a hot spot for snowmobilers, but is open year round. Their restaurant has a salad bar … Continue reading “Black Bear Lanes”
May 2, 2022
Discover Michigan’s largest state park on the shores of Lake Superior in the beautiful western Upper Peninsula. Here’s what you need to know before visiting the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. What is the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park? The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is Michigan’s largest state park, spanning approximately 60,000 acres in … Continue reading “Your guide to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park”
April 11, 2022
With warmer weather on the way, we’re taking time to reflect on the wonderful winter we just experienced here
February 24, 2022
Here’s a closer look at the history of the area and the historic sites you can still visit today.
January 24, 2022
Discover wonderful waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County.
January 24, 2022
This friendly café in downtown Ontonagon serves breakfast all day, including pancakes, French toast, waffles, and eggs & omelets.
January 12, 2022
Looking to get on the snowmobile trails in Ontonagon County and the Porcupine Mountains?
January 5, 2022
Here are 22 reasons to get you excited about booking a trip in 2022.
December 6, 2021
Visit the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for some of the best winter recreation in the Midwest. The area receives nearly 200 inches of snow a year and is home to hundreds of miles of snowmobiling and silent sports trails. Looking for the latest information on snowfall or winter trail conditions? … Continue reading “Get the latest snow reports & winter trail conditions”
November 18, 2021
If you love snow, you’ll love the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Situated on the shores of Lake Superior, 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 … Continue reading “A guide to snowmobiling the Porkies”
November 11, 2021
The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County are home to dozens of scenic waterfalls, including iconic cascades like Bond Falls and Agate Falls, but visiting some of the area’s lesser-known falls can be equally as rewarding. Here’s a closer look at some falls you shouldn’t miss (all of these falls are in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness … Continue reading “Discover these lesser-known waterfalls in the Porcupine Mountains”
September 22, 2021
Here are a few fun facts about the area, its history and the natural wonders it holds.
August 25, 2021
It’s almost peak fall color season in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Here are three of the best ways to take in the amazing fall color found in the western Upper Peninsula.
May 26, 2021
At the western edge of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, you’ll find the picturesque Presque Isle River, home to three wide, scenic waterfalls—Nawadaha Falls, Manido and Manbezho Falls. It’s easy to walk along the river and explore this wonderful waterway—here’s where to go and what to see. Where is the Presque Isle River located? … Continue reading “Explore the scenic Presque Isle River on this hike”
April 29, 2021
Keep your eyes to the skies: It’s one of the best times of the year to see the Northern Lights in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. While it’s hard to predict exactly when and where to see this celestial light show, if you’re lucky, you might catch this impressive sight on your next visit … Continue reading “How to see the Northern Lights in the Porcupine Mountains”
April 7, 2021
Lake of the Clouds is one of the most iconic sights in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Tucked between ancient bluffs of the Porcupine Mountains, the lake stretches out through the thick forest like a turquoise ribbon. It’s a spot you have to see to truly appreciate. Here’s what you need to know before you … Continue reading “Lake of the Clouds: What you need to know”
January 28, 2021
The waterfalls of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County are worth visiting in any season, whether they’re rushing wildly in spring, framed by fall colors or covered in scenic snowfall in the winter. A trek to these four easily accessible falls is a great way to spend a winter weekend—read on to learn more. After … Continue reading “Winter waterfalls that are easy to explore”
December 23, 2020
The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County offer some of the best snowmobiling in the upper Midwest (and some would say anywhere).
December 17, 2020
Thank you for entering the Fall in Love with the Porcupine Mountains Sweepstakes. We’ll be selecting our winner later this fall, so check your e-mail to see if you’ve won. Also be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for monthly e-mails filled with valuable travel information about the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. … Continue reading “Thank you for entering!”
April 20, 2020
Thank you for your interest in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Discover Midwest’s last great wilderness and find endless opportunities for hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling and waterfall hunting. Here’s what you’ll enjoy as an e-newsletter subscriber: Comfortable lodging that’s close to trails and attractions Chances to win getaways to the … Continue reading “Explore the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County”
February 17, 2020
The Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County have a lot to offer travelers, from lakeshore cabins and rushing waterfalls to an expansive state park and phenomenal recreation options. Here are just a few reasons you should start planning your next U.P. getaway today. Cozy, welcoming lodging options Wherever you stay in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon … Continue reading “Four reasons to book your Porcupine Mountains getaway today”
January 10, 2020
Strap on your skis (or a pair of snowshoes) and a spend a serene day amid the pines and hemlocks of the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County. Here’s everything you need to know.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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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October 29, 2018
One of the most rewarding ways to explore the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County is also one of the simplest.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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”
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.”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
September 15, 2016
Sandy beaches. Awe-inspiring sunsets. Dramatic waterscapes. Find all that and more in the Porcupine Mountains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The area is an ideal place to say your vows or spend a romantic getaway after the wedding. Contact individual lodging properties for details.
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”
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.