Porcupine Mountains

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Commonly known as the "Porkies", the 60,000 acre Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the few remaining large wilderness areas in the Midwest and the only State-designated wilderness area in Michigan. It is home to the largest old-growth hardwood-hemlock forest in the Great Lakes region, secluded lakes, and miles of wild rivers and streams.

To the native Ojibwa people, the silhouette of this chain of mountains rising from the waters of Lake Superior reminded them of kag (the porcupine). They named the area Kag-wadjiw (Porcupine Mountains).

The Park's most prominent feature, Lake of the Clouds, is nestled between two ridges at an elevation of 1076 ft. It can be viewed from the Lake of the Clouds Overlook, west of the Visitor Center at the end of M-107.

The Porkies Visitor Center is located at the east end of the Park. It features an interpretive exhibit room, 100-seat auditorium and Park information.

Visitors to the Park (hiking, biking or driving) can view the area's unique flowers, birds, geology and vegetation. Wildlife in the Park includes moose, gray wolves, white-tailed deer, coyotes, gray and red foxes, river otters, beaver, fisher, marten, mink, bobcats, lynx, black bears and porcupines.

For more information, visit the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Area website and the Friends of the Porkies website.


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