The best camping near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Porcupine Mountains adventure.

The best camping near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Porcupine Mountains adventure.

Camping near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Porcupine Mountains adventure.

Michigan’s largest state park is an honest Porkies wilderness.  

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Superior Lake Effect

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Ontonagon, MI
Fall colors expected to peak first week of October! Check out Porkies State Park chairlift rides September 23, 24, 30 and October 1, 7, 8, 14 , noon to six 10$. Sept Enjoy 200 ft of Lake Superior private sandy beach frontage with access to more than 1.5 miles., Beautiful sunsets, and a chance to witness the northern lights, in your private dark sky park; bring your telescope. Search for agats and yooper rocks; bring a black light. Situated on 8 acres of old growth forest, your short walk to the lake is through a park like preserve. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you cross the boardwalk to the beach. Bring your kayak and or paddle board for a unique experience. A boat launch 1/2 mile away can easily accommodate 16 ft motor boats if fishing is of interest. Enjoy waterfalls? Bond, Agate, Bonanza, and O Kun-de kun are all within an hour.
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Presque Isle Campground

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Presque Isle, WI
Our quiet, secluded campground is located on beautiful Stateline Lake deep within the northwoods in Presque Isle (A.K.A. Wisconsin's Last Wilderness) We offer premier full hookup RV campsites and tent campsites as well as cabin lodging and RV lodging - all right on the lake. Amenities include: - Campers and Cabins available to rent - Docks and private boat slips available to rent - Full hookups available - 30 Amp electrical with 50 Amp available on select sites - Women's and Men's Showers - Two sets of women's and men's restrooms - Boat landing access included - For non-guests, boat landing day access can be purchased separately - Wilderness - Wildlife - Fishing - Privacy - Seclusion - Peace and quiet The campground has been in operation for more than 50 years and is in the forest on a peninsula between two lakes with plenty of shade. Fish, boat, waterski, relax by the fire, and enjoy nature and the spectacular wildlife in this gorgeous natural paradise. Address: 8458 Balsam Dr, Presque Isle, WI 54557 Innumerable beautiful hiking and nature walks surround our site, including Wisconsin's treasured Van Vliet 400 acre Hemlock Preserve - one of the largest old-growth Hemlock forests in the country. We are just one hour south of the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. Docking is included for campers and available for non-campers at a daily rate. Our site is situated on one of the most prized lakes for muskie fishing. Enjoy sunny days swimming at the lake beach, activities and crafts for children with our camp hosts, and community campfire song night.
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Sunshine Motel Rustic Camping

3 sites · Tents60 acres · Ontonagon, MI
Learn more about this land: Has nature been calling your name? Test your love of nature at Sunshine Motel and Cabin’s rustic campground. Nestled in the back of the cabins and up a small hill lay three rustic campsites. These campsites are available for rent; perfect for the Eco Tourist, and not for the faint of heart. When we say rustic, it is rustic. No utilities or facilities (toilet not) provided.   Toilet paper if needed. Parking is in a different spot; all sites are walk up. Please be aware that vehicle camping is not allowed on property. Currently there is a communal fire pit, as well as fire pits on each site. Private picnic tables and communal tables surround the grounds. Additionally, each site is provided with a trash can and BBQ grill.  Along with our large campsites there is a yard for the kids to play and access to our private beach. Many other trails, lakes and rivers are in the area along with several shopping opportunities. Come enjoy all that we at the  Sunshine can offer you.
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The best camping near Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park guide

Overview

About

With almost 60,000 acres of forested mountains, woodlands, and waterfalls on the southern brim of Lake Superior, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is Michigan’s largest—and wildest—state park. Some of the best views are found at the Summit Peak Observation Tower and the Lake of the Clouds, but more than 90 miles of trails also await for hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing, depending on the season. Camping in the Porkies is an adventure, whether you prefer a forest yurt, rustic cabin, modern RV site, or backcountry camping in the heart of the woods.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RV campers: Union Bay Campground has beachside tent/RV sites, including yurts, cabins, and the park’s only electric hook-ups. 
  • Best for getting back to nature: Presque Isle Rustic Campground has 60 drive-in and walk-in sites at the mouth of the Presque Isle River. 
  • Best for hikers: White Pine Outpost Camp has eight rustic sites suitable for tents or small campervans, close to the Summit Peak Scenic Area.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve Porcupine Mountains campsites and lodging via the Michigan State Park & Harbor Reservations website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open six months in advance.
  3. Campsites and cabins can book up fast over summer and holiday weekends, so reserve at least three months in advance.

When to go

Whether you’re heading to the lakeshore in summer or hitting the ski slopes in winter, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness welcomes adventurers through all four seasons. Arguably the most magnificent time to visit is in fall when the old-growth forests are ablaze with red, orange, and yellow foliage. The park’s developed campgrounds are open from May through October, with first-come, first-served camping only in November. Backcountry campsites stay open year-round, but road access may be limited through winter.

Know before you go

  • The Porkies are set on the southwest shore of Lake Superior, a short drive from Bruce Crossing. 
  • A Recreation Passport is required to visit all Michigan state parks. Camping reservation fees also apply. 
  • Park facilities include a Visitor Center, restrooms, and picnic areas. Cell phone service may be patchy, but the Visitor Center has wifi.
  • Black bears live in the Porcupine Mountains, so keep food and garbage secure in camping and day-use areas. Follow the park’s bear safety guidelines.
  • Accessible campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas are available. The Lake of the Clouds viewing area is also accessible. 

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