Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the premiere camping locations
in the midwest. An evening's campfire is accompanied by the sounds
of the park; from the waves of Lake Superior to the howl of the
wolf. Strong winds off the lake sing through the rare old growth
forest and worn down ridges that once were large mountains. Waterfalls
roar in narrow slot canyons while black bear roam the woods in search
of food. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers six drive-in
campgrounds and numerous backcountry sites.
River Outpost Campground
Backcountry campsites are first-come, first-serve. In order to
utilize the backcountry camping areas, one needs to stop at the
visitor center to register their group. If you arrive after hours,
you can self-register at the trailhead kiosks. They are: Presque
Isle, Lake of the Clouds, Summit Peak and Park Headquarters.
Off-trail camping is permitted in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness
State Park, but campfires are only permitted in sites containing
fire rings. Camping is not permitted within 1/4 mile from any
cabin, scenic area or road. Maximum group size for the backcountry
is 12. Please pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave
No Trace Techniques.
Over the years, people have fed certain animals like foxes. Because
of the feeding, they display an almost tame quality. Please do
not feed animals. You put them and yourself at risk. Pets must
be on a leash no longer than six feet and kept in control at all
Reservations can be made for some Porcupine Mountains Wilderness
State Park campgrounds at
this link. For
those more comfortable using the phone, you can make reservations
by calling the number below.
Park Manager, Porcupine Mountains State Park
33303 Headquarters Road
Ontonagon, MI 49953
For camping equipment, we highly recommend the Marmot
sleeping bag, the Hammerhead 3 tent, and the Osprey Aether backpack
The weather at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park can be
unforgiving, and quality gear could save a trip.