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Aug 7, 2012 - Porcupine Mountains State Park MI
It’s a long drive from the Gunflint Trail to Porcupine Mountains State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan-316 miles. But in Wisconsin we picked up Route 2 again. It felt like home. And we saw some very interesting sights. Once set up, we drove to the Visitors Center which has a very good display of mounted animals and birds native to the Porcupine Mountains, including a rare goshawk, a medium large bird of prey. After that we drove to the parking area and hiked to the beautiful Lake of the Clouds situated between two ridges. The next...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2012 - Porcupine Mountain, MI
Today was a road trip to The Porkies. The Porcupine Mountains is in the remote northwest corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The area is 60,000 acres of old-growth hardwood and hemlock forest. It is Michigans largest state park. The drive is along the shore of Lake Superior for a short distance and then you are surrounded by forest. We stopped at a small marker along side the road which marked an old mine shaft that was housing bats. We walked into it but not far. It was dark and damp. There are three main areas to cover. The Lake of the...Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2011 - NPS Senior!
July 11, 2011 Morning. Happy Birthday to me. I am now eligible for my own Golden Access Pass from the Park Service. Yea!!! We are in the Union Bay campground of the Porkies. We arrived around 6:30 last evening. We came to this campground because it is the only one in the Porkies that has RV hookups, although the ‘hookups’ is only electricity. In the scheme of things, if I have to choose between electric, water, and sewer, I will always choose electric. It hit 94 degrees yesterday (after all the really cool weather we had earlier), and was...Jump to full entry
Oct 2, 2009 - Porcupine Mountains
I was told by many people to be sure to check out this area while in the UP of Michigan. It is a wilderness forest containing the last virgin stand of Eastern Hemlock trees that can live 300 to 500 years. Maples, Aspens, Birches, Elms, Pines and Oaks also abound. I spent 3 days here - cool, cloudy most of the time, with rain the last day. Fall has arrived! The Porcupine Mountains, called “The Porkies” by locals, was named because the hilltops looked like hunched porcupines to the Ojibwa Indians who resided here first. The modern campground,...Jump to full entry
Sep 12, 2006 - Porcupine Mountains, MI
Travelled south-west to the Porcupine Mountains (otherwise known as the Porkies). Drove out to the Lake of the Clouds, a gorgeous mountain lake in the Big Carp river valley. Camped at a rustic campground on a Lake Superior beach. One of the best spot's we've camped in and definitely the best sunset. Before moving on the next day we hiked up Summit Peak in the park for a panoramic view of the fall foliage of the mountains.Jump to full entry
Aug 6, 2005 - Into the "Yooper"
August 3 - Ontonagon, Michigan was our first camping stop in the Upper Peninsula. We ventured into this community along the shores of Lake Superior in hopes of finding a campsite along the beach. They had a community park and we were able to get a site fairly near the shoreline at a very reasonable $10/night. We opted to stay two nights and to take the Jeep to explore north all the way to Copper Harbor. Copper Harbor was about an hour and a half north of Ontonogon. The drive up was okay and Copper Harbor was an interesting little community,...Jump to full entry