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.
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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

06/05/2021

Fire Weather Watch

Sunday, 6/6, 8:00 AM EDT

Sunday, 6/6, 8:00 PM EDT

Source: U.S. National Weather Service

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR PORTIONS OF WESTERN UPPER MICHIGAN...

The National Weather Service in Marquette has issued a Fire Weather Watch FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, which is in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

06/05/2021

Reminder - Porkies no longer offers dispersed camping in the backcountry. We are site specific and you must obtain a camping permit before entering.

How to obtain a backcountry permit:
Call -1-800-447-2757
Website - www.midnrreservations.com
Visitors Center - Open daily, 8 am to 8 pm EST

#porkies #backcountrycamping #midnr

05/16/2021

The Visitors Center is officially OPEN today!!!
Stop in to pick upcamping permits and get your maps before heading out on the trails.
Open Daily 8 am - 8 pm ET

Evening walk on Lilly Pond Trail.
05/06/2021

Evening walk on Lilly Pond Trail.

Hepaticas and Yellow Trout-lily  cover the hillside along the Little Carp River Trail. Love the Yellow Birch  forest at ...
05/02/2021

Hepaticas and Yellow Trout-lily cover the hillside along the Little Carp River Trail. Love the Yellow Birch forest at the beginning of the trail. Overlooked Falls is moving fast.

Late evening clouds over Lake Superior.
04/30/2021

Late evening clouds over Lake Superior.

Late evening clouds over Lake Superior.

You can see how the woodpecker uses its beak .
04/28/2021

You can see how the woodpecker uses its beak .

You can see how the woodpecker uses its beak .

A balded Birch? Whose eggs are these? Trout-lily leaves and the view from Crosscut cabin.
04/23/2021

A balded Birch? Whose eggs are these? Trout-lily leaves and the view from Crosscut cabin.

Help stop the spread of invasive species. Clean, drain, and dry your gear before you go into the outdoors. Especially yo...
04/23/2021
Michigan's outdoors are open for everyone

Help stop the spread of invasive species. Clean, drain, and dry your gear before you go into the outdoors. Especially your boots.

Spring is here, and Michigan has many options for outdoor activities – perfect for getting fresh air and exercise, taking a break from screens and enjoying time with family and friends. No matter where your adventures take you, here’s some good information to keep in mind:

Make Earth Day, every day!
04/22/2021

Make Earth Day, every day!

Make Earth Day, every day!

04/19/2021

Good morning our dear Porcupines. It is with heavy hearts that we announce to you this morning that the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by the Friends of the Porkies will remain on “hiatus” for 2021 due to issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At the present time the State of Michigan outdoor gathering limit remains at 300. With so many variables in play, planning to proceed this year turned out to be too much of a gamble…and as much as we wanted to bring the festival back this summer, we still can’t find a realistic path to making that happen.

We remain hard at work charting the course of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, and have immediately set our sights on 2022. The steering committee is taking this opportunity to re-evaluate and re-organize, so the Music Festival can return strong, sound and healthy…to what will surely be a period of high demand for live music events going forward.

TICKET INFO: Those holding purchased tickets for the postponed 2020 event (that have not been previously refunded or donated) will once again have the option to roll those same tickets to 2022, donate the tickets back to the music festival, or request a refund. The deadline for refund requests is June 30, 2021. If a ticket rollover to 2022 is desired, there is no need to do anything. Replacement tickets will automatically be sent to the address of record used when tickets were purchased, and the timing of the mailings will be announced on the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival’s page and the website porkiesfestival.org. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding purchased tickets by email to [email protected] or by calling 906-231-1589. For those wishing to write us, please direct to PMMF c/o C. Sundberg, PO Box 224, Ontonagon, MI 49953.

The 16th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is tentatively scheduled to return August 26-28, 2022. We will keep pushing forward towards a brighter future when we can sing, dance, feel and laugh together again, and we send our best wishes to each and every one of you. Please keep an eye on our page and website for updates. Thank you for your understanding and support.

04/16/2021

UPDATE:
Looking for a new cabin to enjoy within the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park? We are happy to announce the Cotten Cabin will be available for overnight stays from May15th, 2021 on! Beginning at 8 a.m. on April 15th you may reserve your stay at this rustic, 8 bunk cabin, overlooking Lake Superior on the west end of the Porkies. You may reserve online at www.midnrreservations by clicking the "backcountry" button on the camping tab or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS

*Cotten Cabin will be renting for $125/night, it is about 1 mile hike in from Speakers parking area. We are working at getting some updated interior photos. There is a wood stove for cooking/heating, basic kitchen utensils, firepit and grill outside.*

#porkies #backcountry #MiDNR

Photos from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies's post
04/15/2021

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

Great article about our Artist- in- Residence program. Thanks to Sherrie McCabe for all she does to keep the program gro...
04/03/2021
Friends of the Porkies prepare for artist residency

Great article about our Artist- in- Residence program. Thanks to Sherrie McCabe for all she does to keep the program growing!

Friends of the Porkies is picking up now, and an artist will soon begin his residency.

The moss is green and most of the ponds are open. Waiting for the spring peepers. Soon.
04/01/2021

The moss is green and most of the ponds are open. Waiting for the spring peepers. Soon.

03/25/2021

Congratulations to the 2021 Porcupine Mountains Artists in Residence.
*Andre Venter & Martha Councell - Vargas , Multi-media (photography & flute), Kalamazoo, MI
*Carol Socks - Parker, Clay & Mixed media, Rochester Hills, MI
*Catherine Danae, Fiber Art/ Needle Felting, Prospect, PA
*Dawn Russell, Watercolor & Pastel, Suttons Bay, MI
*Selected in 2020 and postponed and arriving in April 2021 - Lee LaVanway, Singer/Songwriter, Van Nuys, CA

If you look really closely, you probably still won't be able to see the pair of Common mergansers in Union Bay. First si...
03/19/2021

If you look really closely, you probably still won't be able to see the pair of Common mergansers in Union Bay. First sighting this year is early.

If you look really closely, you probably still won't be able to see the pair of Common mergansers in Union Bay. First sighting this year is early.

Mouth of the Union River is open.
03/19/2021

Mouth of the Union River is open.

Mouth of the Union River is open.

2021 Porcupine Mountains Folk School Class Registration is open!Discover what classes you want to take and register at: ...
03/19/2021

2021 Porcupine Mountains Folk School Class Registration is open!

Discover what classes you want to take and register at: https://porkies.org/events/

Kick-off your summer creativity with one or both of the June 19th classes. Fused Glass and Copper Hammered Bowl.

Presque Isle River is flowing.
03/17/2021

Presque Isle River is flowing.

Presque Isle River is flowing.

03/13/2021

3/11/21 Ski Trail Update:
Due to recent warm up and now cool down, trails are going to be very slippery and plan to encounter muddy areas, water holes and bare spots. It's Spring in the Porkies...Never know what you will get!

South Boundary Road and M-107 are still closed and will be for a while, so please plan accordingly.

The Downhill ski area will make an announcement later today regarding status of the hill.

#porkies #skitheporkies #miparks

Balmy walking along Union Bay today.
03/08/2021

Balmy walking along Union Bay today.

Balmy walking along Union Bay today.

03/05/2021

3/4/21 Ski Update -
Trails are looking in good shape, but this may be the last week for grooming due to the temperatures heading our way. We have about 3-5" base near the lake and about 24" of base on the south side of the downhill ski area.

#skitheporkies #porkieswinters #porkies

Join us for a showing of "Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes" Wednesday March 3rd at 7:00 ET.  To watch the film use ...
02/28/2021
Watch: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes

Join us for a showing of "Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes" Wednesday March 3rd at 7:00 ET. To watch the film use the link below for the Film Screening Room and enter the video password.

Screening room link: https://streaming.bullfrogcommunities.com/friends_of_the_porkies_film_screening_beatrix_farrands_american_landscapes

Video password: [email protected]

We recommend you copy and paste the video password (it is case-sensitive). We will open the screening room 30 mins before screen time, so viewers can chat starting then. The live feed with trailers will start promptly at screen time. If the feed does not start within 30 seconds of screen time, we recommend that viewers refresh their browsing window.

First Film of the Winter Film Series - Virtual Winter Conservation Film Series What? Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off

March 3rd  Watch Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes
02/26/2021
Watch: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes

March 3rd Watch Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes

First Film of the Winter Film Series - Virtual Winter Conservation Film Series What? Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off

Great article by Porkies Park Interpreter Katie Urban.
02/25/2021
Showcasing the DNR: Between the pages, a history lies

Great article by Porkies Park Interpreter Katie Urban.

Editor’s note: In celebration of the department’s centennial anniversary, the Showcasing the DNR feature series will highlight one story each month during 2021 that recalls various accomplishments of the department, or historical highlights, over the past century.

Watch: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes
02/22/2021
Watch: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes

Watch: Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes

First Film of the Winter Film Series - Virtual Winter Conservation Film Series What? Beatrix Farrand’s American Landscapes follows award-winning public garden designer Lynden B. Miller as she sets off

Have you seen our latest news?
02/14/2021
February 2021 eNews from the Friends of the Porkies!

Have you seen our latest news?

Boom! The Porkies are a Winter Wonderland Boom! A Winter Wonderland December and January were milder than usual with below average snow and warm sunny days. Lake Superior had less than 30% ice cover a

Photos from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - the Porkies's post
01/23/2021

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

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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!

Telephone

(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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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
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!
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.
Any chance of getting benches (or at least a downed log) at the 5 river crossings on the Big Carp River and Little Carp River Trails? Would make changing to "creek shoes" much easier. We just did the 28 mile loop in October. Beautiful trails, great backpacking, and staying in the cabins made it easier now that we are getting older, (Big Carp 6 Bunk, Greenstone, Mirror Lake 8 Bunk and our favorite, Lake of the Clouds cabins on this years adventure to the Porkies.) Can't wait to get back again. Paul & Kathy
Gotta love those Porkies!! Have you been there yet??
Lake of the Clouds in the Porkies lived up to it's name yesterday, with the lime green of spring muted by the low ceiling.
Porkies ski hill opened with limited runs available.
Water levels are still elevated on the Presque Isle River in the UP. Here's what the pothole section looked like yesterday just upstream from the suspension bridge. www.scottpearsonphotography.com
Manabezho Falls on the Presque Isle River at the western end of the Porkies in the UP. www.scottpearsonphotography.com