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Lake of the Clouds: What you need to know

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 visit Lake of the Clouds.

Do I need a park sticker to visit the Lake of the Clouds? What does it cost?

Lake of the Clouds is located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, so a Michigan Recreation Passport (park sticker) is required for entry with a vehicle. The cost for a nonresident daily pass is $9. Learn more here.

How far is it to Lake of the Clouds?

From Ontonagon, it’s about 21 miles or a 25-minute-drive. 107th Engineers Memorial Highway (also known as M-107) will take you to a parking area. From the parking area, a short accessible trail will take you to a scenic lookout area.

Where can I stay if I want to visit Lake of the Clouds?

There are plenty of lodging properties that are a short drove from the lake.

How big is Lake of the Clouds?

Lake of the Clouds is 133 acres, and it’s relatively shallow—only about 12 feet deep at its deepest point.

How do I get down to the water?

From the lake’s scenic overlook near the parking area, a 1.4 mile out-and-back trail will take you down to the water. Portions are steep, so the trail is a little challenging. Some benches have been strategically placed along the trail so you can take a rest break if needed. Consider bringing some water along as well, especially on warm days, as you won’t find any facilities on this hike.

Are dogs allowed at Lake of the Clouds?

Leashed dogs are allowed at the park.

Is Lake of the Clouds good for fishing?

The lake is known for its excellent bass fishing. The lake is catch-and-release only. Learn more about fishing opportunities in the Porcupine Mountains and Ontonagon County here.

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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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