Wilderness State Park
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Backpackers must register at the Visitor Center before
entering the interior of the park.
Preparation is the key to a successful Porkies visit. Being
prepared for whatever occurs will help you enjoy your
backpacking experience. Always keep in mind that the park is
a natural wilderness to be preserved for future generations
of hikers and campers.
In preparing for your visit to the park, make sure that you
include: A first aid kit, lip balm, and insect and sun
protection. Full length pants, jackets, long sleeve shirts
and rain gear. A knife, rope, flashlight, waterproof
matches, compass and trail map.
Use tents with which you are familiar. The lake effect can
quickly alter the weather and your tent will serve as your
only shelter. The tent should be rain-proof, have
insect-proof netting, sewn-in floor, water-proof fly,
stability in strong winds, and cross-flow ventilation for
Keep your rain cover, fist-aid kit, flashlight, snacks and
water bottle where they can be used without disturbing the
Self-contained fuel stoves are a must since campfires are
not allowed in most of the park. Stoves reduce the amount of
wood and brush that would otherwise be cut for fuel, thus
preserving the natural forest area. Bring 50% more fuel than
you think you'll need since heating dish water and boiling
drinking water will deplete a considerable amount of your
Due to the often cool Porkies climate, sudden drops in
temperature and the fact that you will spend approximately
one-third of your time at the park in your sleeping bag, a
warm sleeping bag and a foam pad are essential. Substituting
an air mattress for a foam pad is not recommended because it
will not retain as much heat. Likewise, the cutting of tree
boughs as a substitute for a foam sleeping pad is strictly
forbidden by the park.
Spigots at Presque Isle and Union Bay offer safe drinking
water from mid-May through mid-October. To obtain a safe
water supply from any stream or lake, it must first be
boiled for three minutes or filtered through a 1 micron
water filter. The purchase and use of water filter kits is
highly recommended and each unit will provide an adequate
and safe water supply for 5 or 6 people. Water with large
organic matter should be pre-filtered through a piece of
linen or tightly woven cotton before running through a 1
micron water filter. Throughout this process, collapsible
water jugs will prove to be an important item at campsites.
It is important to note that water treated only with
chemical tablets will not guarantee safe drinking water.
Know your limits. The average backpacker travels about 1
mile per hour. Allow time on the trail for rest and enjoying
the Park. Do not allow yourself or other party members to
become overly fatigued, especially during hot weather. For
safety, always travel with a companion, stay on or close to
marked trails, and do NOT travel after dark. Always carry a
map, compass, and flashlight.
Some of the Park's black bears have been conditioned to
associate people with food. Do not feed the bears. Do not
cook in or near your tent. Do not keep food or scented items
like toothpaste or cologne in or near your tent. All
unattended food, garbage, and gear that may have attractive
odors should be hung from a tree or cache pole at least 150
feet from camp.
The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness has been damaged by the
increasing backpackering activity. Practice strict adherence
to minimum impact methods to aid in the preservation of the
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park natural
Discipline within the Park is a must. Eviction and
possible fines will follow unethical behavior.
Being prepared is the key to your trip becoming a
pleasant memory, not a camping disaster. Come prepared to
listen to the sounds of nature and have a good time in
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
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- For Reservations and Information about
- PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS STATE PARK
- Please Write:
- PARK MANAGER
- PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS STATE PARK
- 412 5 BOUNDARY RD.
- ONTONAGON, MI 49953
- PHONE: (906) 885-5275
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