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PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS STATE PARK
63, 000 acres. Located near the northwest corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, alongside Lake Superior, this park has been given national wilderness designation. It comprises one of the largest wilderness areas in the Midwest.
The park is in the Porcupine Mountains, a rugged area with some sheer cliffs, bluffs, and fine views. Highest point is 1,958-foot Summit Peak.
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Included are many creeks and several rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, a few lakes, and some virgin forest of pine and hemlocks. Wildlife includes black bear.
Activities: There are over 90 miles of trails for backpacking and hiking. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. About 25 miles of other trails are groomed for cross-country skiing in winter. Hunting and fishing are permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Backpackers must register and obtain a permit before starting out. A fee is charged for camping here each night. There are some established campsites and three trail shelters (lean-tos) available.
Camping is also allowed elsewhere along the trails, but not within one-quarter mile of any road, shelter, cabin, or scenic area. Campfires are restricted to designated sites. A stove should be brought for cooking.
For Further Information: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, 599 M-107, Ontonagon, MI 49953; (906)855-5275.