Sunday, July 19, 2015

Porcupine Mountains

Manabezho Falls - Presque Isle River
Our next stop in the U.P. was Ontonagon so that we could visit the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Porcupine Mountains are a densely wooded state park that borders on Lake Superior on the north side. There is a history of mining, logging and fur trapping that dates back to the early
1800s in the area. It became a state park in 1945 to protect the large stand of old-growth forest and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Midwest. It is a beautiful area with the contrast of Lake Superior, with a rare sandy shoreline, and the green mountains of the Porkies.

Presque Isle River
The highlights are the series of water falls on the Presque Isle River, the Lake Of The Clouds viewpoint and the Summit Peak lookout. There are a lot of hiking trails allowing an intimate experience with the wilderness. Ontonagon also has a nice sandy beach so you have a choice between hiking in the woods or walking on the beach. We had some nice weather and a nice stay.

Lake Of The Clouds from overlook

View from Summit Peak overlook tower

Ontonagon Lighthouse

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