Friends of the Porkies

Friends of the Porkies Friends of the Porkies Vision and Mission The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park was established in March 1998 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for the user’s benefit.

The Friends of the Porkies represent the interests of all users of the Park. We seek to provide a platform for ideas to improve the Park. The Porcupine Mountains, located in Ontonagon County, Michigan, is the premiere wilderness region of the Midwest. We believe special management is required to protect, interpret, and promote this unique resource while creating and exploring responsible recreatio

The Friends of the Porkies represent the interests of all users of the Park. We seek to provide a platform for ideas to improve the Park. The Porcupine Mountains, located in Ontonagon County, Michigan, is the premiere wilderness region of the Midwest. We believe special management is required to protect, interpret, and promote this unique resource while creating and exploring responsible recreatio

Operating as usual

11/15/2021
Our lodging partner in Silver City is now open year-round, so if you want to come back in autumn or winter, please give ...
11/13/2021

Our lodging partner in Silver City is now open year-round, so if you want to come back in autumn or winter, please give them a call .

Our lodging partner in Silver City is now open year-round, so if you want to come back in autumn or winter, please give them a call .

Sales of the Friends of the Porkies Trails Supporter decal paid for materials to repair the cross-country ski trails. Ge...
11/09/2021

Sales of the Friends of the Porkies Trails Supporter decal paid for materials to repair the cross-country ski trails. Get the 2021 decal at Porkies.org

Sales of the Friends of the Porkies Trails Supporter decal paid for materials to repair the cross-country ski trails. Get the 2021 decal at Porkies.org

11/09/2021
11/03/2021

Winter work at the Porkies. Beautiful!

Wonder if they camped at the Porkies?
11/02/2021

Wonder if they camped at the Porkies?

H.D. McCracken, a self-proclaimed "creative Texan," built this wooden contraption and mounted it to a Model T chassis. He and his wife took this converted camper across the country, going wherever they pleased and stopping wherever they wished. The McCrackens were two of many Americans who answered the call of the open road following World War I.
(1916 Ford Model T, photograph taken 1921.)

10/29/2021

#friendsoftheporkies #uplandconservancy #porcupinemountains

10/23/2021

Heads up! Porkies Ski Hill season pass sale is coming soon.

10/15/2021

Notice to All Union Bay Campground Reservation Holders -
The water will be shut off on Monday, October 25th, 2021 for the season. This means the bathroom building will be closed along with the Fill/Dump station.
Potable water is available at Headquarters year-round.

The campground will remain open at a semi-modern rate through November. IF we receive significant snow fall during that time we may be forced to lock the gate earlier.

Please call 906-885-5275, ext 0 if you have questions.

#porkies #unionbaycampground #winteriscoming

Come to the Annual Meeting: Saturday Oct. 16: 3--5 p.m. EDT: at the Folk School Annual program reports, 2021-22 budget, ...
10/13/2021

Come to the Annual Meeting: Saturday Oct. 16: 3--5 p.m. EDT: at the Folk School

Annual program reports, 2021-22 budget, Board election and more!

Come to the Annual Meeting: Saturday Oct. 16: 3--5 p.m. EDT: at the Folk School

Annual program reports, 2021-22 budget, Board election and more!

10/12/2021

GREAT NEWS...

Porkies Visitors Center is extending its season!!! What does that mean for you?!?! When checking in for backcountry camping, cabins, yurts or outpost sites you can continue to do so at the Visitors Center
Hours of Operation:
Through 10/16/21 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. eastern time
10/17/21 - 10/31/21 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. eastern time

Starting November 1st, please check-in at Headquarters 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. eastern time.

If you have any questions, please call us at 906-885-5275, ext 0

#porkies #fallbackcountrycamping #porkiesvc

Needle felting with Artist in Residence Catherine Danae
09/04/2021

Needle felting with Artist in Residence Catherine Danae

Weaving a willow serving basket with Poppy Hatinger on August 14.
09/04/2021

Weaving a willow serving basket with Poppy Hatinger on August 14.

Weaving a willow serving basket with Poppy Hatinger on August 14.

Pint cozy basket created in Karen Tembreull's class held on August 13.
09/04/2021

Pint cozy basket created in Karen Tembreull's class held on August 13.

Pint cozy basket created in Karen Tembreull's class held on August 13.

Autumn workshop at the folk school: crafting with herbs September 18. See porkies.org for registration information
09/03/2021

Autumn workshop at the folk school: crafting with herbs September 18. See porkies.org for registration information

Autumn workshop at the folk school: crafting with herbs September 18. See porkies.org for registration information

We are very excited about this and we are sure you will be too!
09/03/2021
Friends of Porkies sets up artist gallery

We are very excited about this and we are sure you will be too!

The Friends of the Porkies is putting on an art gallery filled with pieces from its Artist-In-Residence program.

Hiking 🥾🥾🥾🥾🥾
08/26/2021
Doctors Explain How Hiking Can Actually Change Our Brains

Hiking 🥾🥾🥾🥾🥾

Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and an...

Isle Royale fire is a good reminder that it's dry in our area.
08/24/2021

Isle Royale fire is a good reminder that it's dry in our area.

The Horne Fire on Isle Royale National Park, near the shore of Duncan Bay by the Tobin-Duncan Portage, is approximately 200 acres in size and being monitored by Isle Royale park staff. Ongoing drought conditions and the progress of the fire has required many necessary closures, follow updates here: https://loom.ly/EQQSTGE

Though the park at this point has cited lightning to be the cause of the wildfire, this is a good reminder to all visiting the Keweenaw (and Upper Peninsula) that conditions have been exceedingly dry all year. Monitor and extinguish all fires, pack in what you pack out, and help us be good stewards of this great Peninsula!

📸 Abigail Winters

The Friends will be releasing a new film about Nonesuch Mine in October. This is a good intro to this historic site. Pro...
08/15/2021
Porcupine Mountain Ghost Town of Nonesuch - Lost In Michigan

The Friends will be releasing a new film about Nonesuch Mine in October. This is a good intro to this historic site. Protect it by staying on the trails and leave things as they are. Practice leave no trace!

If you like this post click on the buttons to share with your friends The Porcupine Mountains in the western Upper Peninsula is the largest state park in Michigan. It is known for its hiking trails, waterfalls, and the Lake Of The Clouds. But few people know that hidden among the trees are the ruins...

Invasive species threaten our natural world. Learn what you can do to help stop the spread. Here's a good article about ...
08/10/2021
Help needed from Michigan residents: Protect America’s boxwood from invasive caterpillar

Invasive species threaten our natural world. Learn what you can do to help stop the spread. Here's a good article about an invasive moth.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/help-needed-from-michigan-residents-protect-americas-boxwood-from-invasive-caterpillar?utm_campaign=UCF&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=govdelivery

Box tree moth will destroy most boxwood shrubs in the country if it becomes established. Michigan residents can assist in the early detection trapping program.

Do you know that Aldo Leopold played a significant role in protecting the Porkies?
08/09/2021
Online Discussion Guide

Do you know that Aldo Leopold played a significant role in protecting the Porkies?

Share Leopold with your students this fall.

Porcupine Mountains Expand Efforts to Keep Visitors Safe - Keweenaw Report
08/06/2021
Porcupine Mountains Expand Efforts to Keep Visitors Safe - Keweenaw Report

Porcupine Mountains Expand Efforts to Keep Visitors Safe - Keweenaw Report

It is the largest section of wilderness in Michigan and home to many of the state’s favorite attractions. The Porcupine Mountains consists of 60,000 acres of old growth hardwood forests, the only such left in the state. Last year the park set record for attendance and this year has been no differe...

Show us what you love about the Porcupine Mountains! Don’t forget to Hash tag #friendsofporkies
08/02/2021

Show us what you love about the Porcupine Mountains! Don’t forget to Hash tag #friendsofporkies

Research on the Bats at Carp Lake Mine featured in this article.
07/28/2021

Research on the Bats at Carp Lake Mine featured in this article.

As we wrap up #WildlifeConservationMonth, we can't forget to mention the work we do with partners for Michigan's bats! Learn more about some of the projects that are going on to conserve bats here in Michigan: https://bit.ly/3f4uA97

🦇 #WildWednesday 🦇

What species of turtles have you seen in the Porkies?
07/22/2021
A big thanks to turtle observers!

What species of turtles have you seen in the Porkies?

A big thanks to turtle observers! Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent this bulletin at 07/22/2021 12:30 PM EDT Share or view as webpage | Update preferences Community scientists throughout the state answered the call for rare turtle observation reports this spring. “Thank you to all of y...

07/18/2021
Leo Sirem

Happening now at Ontonagon TWP park

Celebrate Lake Superior With Us! ❤️🌊 #puremichigan #lakesuperior #lovegreatlakes #friendsoftheporkies
07/06/2021

Celebrate Lake Superior With Us! ❤️🌊 #puremichigan #lakesuperior #lovegreatlakes #friendsoftheporkies

Celebrate Lake Superior With Us! ❤️🌊 #puremichigan #lakesuperior #lovegreatlakes #friendsoftheporkies

Exciting week for the Friends. An inclusive playground at Union Bay Campground, backpacks for the Outdoor Skills Academy...
07/04/2021

Exciting week for the Friends. An inclusive playground at Union Bay Campground, backpacks for the Outdoor Skills Academy, purchase of rescue equipment highlighted, and finished off with a fabulous Artist in Residence performance. Something for everyone. Please donate or become a member today!
https://porkies.org/

Photos from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies's post
06/19/2021

Photos from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies's post

Address

Ontonagon, MI
49953

General information

About the Park The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is located on the southern shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A short 20-minute drive west from Ontonagon will bring you to “the Porkies.” Twenty-six miles long and 10 miles wide, it offers 60,000 acres of natural beauty with varied accessibility, ranging from a stunning handicapped accessible vista to 90 miles of rugged backcountry trails. There are 25 miles of wave-washed shores, 4 inland lakes, entire river systems, countless waterfalls, enchanting wooded peaks, and an escarpment, which rises slowly from the edge of Lake Superior until it plummets abruptly into the Carp River Valley. Still, the most impressive feature of the Park, and the reason for its creation, is the virgin forest of eastern hemlock and northern hardwoods. This unique resource, sometimes called a “forest museum,” supports a wide variety of captivating flora and fauna. snowy owl on branch in winter in Porcupine MountainsThe Porcupine Mountains’ cultural history begins with the Native Americans, who named the escarpment peaks after the crouched woodland porcupines they resemble. Europeans first came to the area in search of furs, and successive waves of extraction efforts followed. Between 1845 and 1910, 45 different copper mines operated in the Park. In the early 1900s, loggers harvested the easily reached shoreline pines. The Park offers a wide variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, Alpine and Nordic skiing, and much more. The Park provides four-season recreation at its finest. A trip to the Porkies will be something you’re sure to remember, and you will want to visit again!

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(906) 884-7663

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Our program areas are the Artist-in-Residence Program, Folk School, Mini-Grant Program and the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival.
We also publish the Quill Newsletter for our members.

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Here's a shot from Wednesday night's aurora event. Most of N. WI and the western UP were socked in with clouds and after attempting to wait it out at my first location, I decided to make the drive up to Union Bay near the Porkies when the satellite imagery was showing some likely clearing along the Lake shore. Hard to beat photographing aurora over a calm Lake Superior.
Friends of the Porkies celebrate Lake Superior Day with music! #LakeSuperiorDay #Ontonagon
anyone have a recent bug report?
The 22nd Annual (unofficial but traditional) Porkies Memorial Day Trail Run 2021 is in the books! Photo credit: Donna Gering
Marianne Andresen participating in the 22nd Annual (unoffical but traditional) Porkies Memorial Day Trail Run 2021. Photo credit: Donna Gering
Orion & Lake of the Clouds I had no idea I'd be able to capture Orion's Belt reflecting in the water which was an added bonus. You can see the Orion constellation with Bernard's Loop, nearby is the Rosette Nebula, Pleiades is up top and so is the California Nebula. I like that the rocks kinda look like petroglyphs. This clear fall night on October 12th worked out quite well. I can't wait to do more winter time Milky Way shots. To make this image I used my Full Spectrum modded Canon 6d with Optolong L-Pro clip filter which suppresses light pollution and enhances the transmission of major emissions from nebula/h-alpha. I also used tracker to follow the sky. 1 image for the foreground untracked, 57 60-second exposures tracked and stacked for the sky. IRIX 15mm lens. I was selected to be one of the Artist-in-Residence in the Porcupine Mountains for 2020. Thus far I spent about 25 days and nights hiking all over the park and haven't come close to seeing all the trails. This was the last photo I created, I wanted to do something special from the most popular spot which overlooks Lake of the Clouds and Big Carp River. This image and the rest of the photos from the Porkies can be viewed: www.vbrady.com/portfolio I highly recommend Metal Prints! I also used this photo as the October photo in my 2021 Calendar which is here: https://bit.ly/3mmrZsD Thanks for sharing! V Friends of the Porkies Pure Michigan Planetary Landscapes Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Here's a timelapse I took of the Milky Way over Lake of the Clouds in the UP's Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park a few nights ago. The brightening of the sky near the end of the video is from the rising Moon behind me...photographing the night sky never gets old. Best viewed full screen.
Will the chair lift be running this fall on weekends?
What is the name of the book that excerpts logbook entries from the cabins, and how can I get a copy? Thanks for your good work with the Park all these years!
Thank you Friends of the Porkies for the signs and for continuing to help us celebrate 75 years! Check out the Friends of the Porkies blog to learn a little about the Porkies past and present. https://porkies.org/blog/
HERITAGE GRANTS AWARDED The Advisory Commission and National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park are pleased to announce that 17 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded for projects across Michigan’s historic Copper Country. A total of $124,574.00 was disbursed, with an emphasis on supporting the park’s 21 Keweenaw Heritage Site partners. These funds support a range of projects, from historic building maintenance to new trailside signs and museum collections care. A total of 24 applications were received and were reviewed by a six-member panel comprised of equal representation from the Commission and NPS. Applicants were required to meet specific criteria relating to project location, the historical significance of the resource, how long the project’s impacts would last, and how they enhance our understanding of area history. The purpose of the Keweenaw Heritage Grant program is to provide partial funding for a broad range of heritage-related projects that support the park’s mission to preserve and interpret copper mining history. Grant recipients are required to meet a 1-to-1 match, with up to 100% of the match allowed as in-kind contributions rather than cash. Individual grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 were awarded. The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission and NPS staff would like to thank each applicant and offer congratulations to the community for their work in preserving and sharing the Copper Country’s rich historical resources and stories. 2020 Keweenaw Heritage Grants - Keweenaw National Historical Park: (Organization - Project - Project Type - Award) Adventure Mining Company - Painesdale Machine Shop Site Remediation - Landscape Preservation - $10,000.00 Calumet Theatre - Ballroom Food & Beverage Service Project - Building Preservation - $7,500.00 Chassell Historical Organization - ADA Accessible Parking Space and Finish Accessibility - $6,900.00 Copper Country Firefighters Museum - Artifact Interpretation and Exhibit Creation - Museum Collections - $4,000.00 Coppertown Mining Museum - Pattern Storage Building Preservation - Building Preservation - $2,250.00 Finnish American Heritage Center - Seeing the Past: Museum and Archives Planning - Interpretation - $5,000.00 Friends of the Porkies - Local School Group Field Trips - Interpretation - $2,000.00 Houghton County Historical Society - Museum UV Reduction and Display Interpretation - $10,500.00 Isle Royale Keweenaw Parks Association - Missing in the Copper Country Publication - Interpretation - $4,000.00 Keweenaw County Historical Societ - Copper Milling at Gay Exhibit - Interpretation - $14,924.00 Main Street Calumet Calumet - Heritage Tourism Materials - Interpretation - $2,500.00 Michigan Technological University: Social Sciences - Upgrades for Keweenaw Time Traveler - Interpretation - $12,000.00 Ontonagon County Historical Society - Museum Collection Inventory - Museum Collections - $12,500.00 Painesdale Mine & Shaft - Champion #4 Building/Landscape Preservation - Landscape Preservation - $5,000.00 Quincy Mine Hoist Association - 1894 Hoist House Repointing - Building Preservation - $15,000.00 Real People Media - Keweenaw Storytelling Center Floor Restoration - Building Preservation - $6,500.00 Village of Calumet - Village Hall Floor Restoration - Building Preservation - $4,000.00 2020 Keweenaw Heritage Grants - 17 Grants Awarded - Total Awarded: $124,574.00 #FindYourPark #ThisPlaceMatters #Keweenaw Image: Pattern storage building at Coppertown USA Mining Museum, Calumet. Adventure Mine Chassell Heritage Center Finnish American Heritage Center Village of Calumet Real People Media Main Street Calumet Quincy Mine Hoist Association Ontonagon County Historical Society Keweenaw County Historical Society Keweenaw Time Traveler Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association Friends of the Porkies Houghton County Historical Society Copper Country Firefighters History Museum Calumet Theatre Michigan Tech Archives
I have an idea of where this is (thanks to Google Maps), but what's the best way to get there (you know, from the south, of course)? There's a class I might like to take, but I'd be coming from a pretty long way.