Silver City, MI is a little village at the mouth of the Iron River nestled by the foothills of the Porcupine Mountains. Silver City was founded in the late 1870's when a small vein of silver was discovered just south of the city that started a "silver rush" but not enough silver was mined to be profitable. Now you can find delightful rental cabins, cottages, motels, and vacation homes on the shores of Lake Superior and small shops with specialty items. An excellent spot for the outdoor enthusiast or those who just want to sit on the deck or on the beach and enjoy the awesome beauty of Lake Superior.
The "Porkies: offers visitors year round outdoor fun with wonderful hiking trails throughout the park, scenic overlooks, old mine sites, waterfalls, camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, abundant wildlife, birding, and biking. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling with great photographic opportunities throughout the year.
at the Eastern Entrance to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Cabins, Cottages, Vacation Homes, Lodges, Motels, and Campgrounds
A Beach Retreat Rental Cottage is located on the shores of Lake Superior, 12 miles west of Ontonagon and only 5 minutes from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. A Beach Retreat offers 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, and a complete kitchen. The living room has cable TV and a gas fireplace. A screened porch overlooks the lake for sitting and relaxing or you can enjoy sitting by the private beach and watching exciting Lake Superior and the fantastic sunsets over the water. Year round with easy access to the ATV and snowmobile trails and all the exciting outdoor recreation the Porkies has to offer. A Beach Retreat, 32829 Hwy M-64, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5055.
A Cabin UP NORTH, 30978 W. Highway M-64, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5430. Four season vacation log home with 1000 feet of private beach on Lake Superior with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Wood burning fireplace. Fully equipped kitchen. Satellite TV, Large back deck overlooking the Lake with fire pit and grill. 3 miles from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Sorry, no smoking, no pets.
A Cottage UP NORTH, 34464 Highway M-107, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5430. Three-bedroom cottage on 5 acres on Lake Superior. Main level has a bedroom with a wood burning fireplace, full bathroom, large living room with wood-burnng stove, dining room and kitchen combo with access to a deck facing the lake. Upper level has a large bedroom with deck and a den. Spiral staircase to lower level with a family room, bedroom, and bathroom with doors opening to a patio. Sleeps up to 10. Only 1 mile to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and on the snowmobile trail so you can ride from the door.
AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Silver City is located on the shores of Lake Superior, 3 miles east of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State park and 13 miles west of Ontonagon. Comfortable guest rooms and suites on 3 floors with an elevator. Some rooms have a view of Lake Superior. Wireless internet access throughout the Inn. Cable TV. Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Complementary AmericInn Perk breakfast. Restaurant and lounge. Walk along the Lake Superior shoreline, enjoy the stunning sunsets, or just relax. On the trail and 3 miles from downhill and cross-country skiing. Pets Welcome. 120 Lincoln Ave. (Highway M-107) Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-531
Lake of the Clouds Resort offers four recently updated cabins located in a wooded setting 1 mile east of the Porcupine Mountains State Park. All cabins have a complete kitchen, satellite TV, and 2 cabins have a wood-burning stove. The “Porkies” offers something for everyone from beautiful scenery and wildlife to a wide variety of outdoor adventures. Pet friendly. Open year round and on the trails. New owners. 227 Farragut, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5145
Mountain View Lodges, 34042 107th Engineers Memorial Highway, Silver City MI. Phone: 906-885-5256. 11 modern lodges on the shores of Lake Superior, 1 mile from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. All lodges have wood burning fireplaces, 2 bedrooms, phones with data ports, Cable TV, and fully equipped kitchens including a dishwasher. Screened porch with grill and deck. Wheelchair accessible lodge. Pets accepted in some lodges with additional fee.
Union River "Big Bear" Campground is located 2 miles west of Silver City at the eastern edge of the Porcupine Mountains. 50 spacious, wooded sites with 30amp power, some with water hookups. Several large pull-through sites. Modern shower house. 15 miles west of Ontonagon. Lake Superior sand beach across the road. Pets welcome. Union River Campground, 35653 107th Engineers Memorial Hwy, Silver City. Phone: 906-885-5324
BUSINESSES in or near SILVER CITY, MI
Art Gallery and Gifts at Mountain View Lodges. Browse this interesting art gallery located only 13 miles west of Ontonagon on the shores of Lake Superior. Take Highway 64 west from Ontonagon and go straight on H-107, the road to the Porkies. Wide variety of artworks including photography, fused glass jewelry and sun catchers, hand dyed silk scarves, note cards, personalized silhouette drawings, plus much more. Chainsaw carvings created on site. Mountain View Lodges, 34042 M-107, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5256 or 906-885-5947.
Caledonia Native Copper Mine Rock and Mineral Collecting near Ontonagon, Michigan for the rock collector or geologist. Collect samples of copper, silver, datolite, calcite, epodote, quartz, as well as a range of micro-minerals. Our knowledgeable staff will help with techniques and identification of finds in your private ore pile. Advanced reservation only Evergreen Explorations. Phone: 517-518-4742
Lodging in White Pine,
MI, (6 miles
south of Silver City on M-64)
The "Porkies". . . 3 miles west of Silver City
Truly a world away from the bustle of the city, the Porcupine Mountains offer many recreational opportunities for you and your family. The "Porkies" are a true wilderness area, with old growth timber, numerous waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Hiking, fishing, skiing, historical exploration, hunting, and bicycling are just some of the activities available in the immediate area. Stop at the Visitor Center in the park to find out what interesting hikes and programs are being presented
Enjoy spring as the waterfalls are full of rushing waters and the wildflowers begin to emerge, or try your luck fishing in nearby rivers or on Lake Superior. Wonderful opportunities for photographers all seasons of the year.
In the summer take a moon-lit walk on the sandy beaches of Lake Superior. The month of June is beautiful in the "Porkies". Hike through the woods and watch the wildflowers come to life, see the new mother animals with their young, collect agates on the shore of Lake Superior, or watch the spectacular spring displays of Northern Lights.
Fall in the North is truly amazing. The best color is in the western Upper Peninsula. Professional photographers from all over the country come to photograph the beautiful displays of nature's colors. Enjoy the flaming maples, oaks and other hardwoods in the Porcupines ton.
Snowmobile Trail # 1 runs through Silver City as part of Ontonagon County's 350 miles of groomed, marked snowmobile trails. These trails pass through some of the finest scenery in the Midwest. Travel through the deer yards and wood lands of the Ottawa National Forest. See the winter splendor of the Lake of the Clouds which can be reached by following the unplowed M-107 through the park. The trail system interconnects with the Upper Peninsula's 2,500 miles of trails as well as Northern Wisconsin's trail system.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Cross-Country Skiing at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, the Porcupine Mountains offer 11 miles of slope covering 100 acres over a 320 acre area. Seven fine intermediate trails, five challenging expert trails and three novice trails give skiers of all skill levels a place to explore their talents. The vertical drop is 641 feet. Chalet with rentals and food service.
Cross country skiers will find four main cross county trails that make up the Nordic trail system, about 26 miles of groomed double tracks that wrap around the ski-slope area. Warming sheds on the trails are stocked with firewood, but a fire is usually going. There are trails for all levels of experience from novice to advanced. The East and West Vistas overlook spectacular Lake Superior from the tip of the Porkies. Lantern light night runs are available, call for dates.
Sign in Silver City at the bridge over the Iron River.
Photo of the Iron River and Bonanza Falls by Mary Deloria
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Travel information and lodging Accommodations cabins, cottages, motels, vadation homes and restaurants near the Porcupine Mountains State Park, also called the Porkies.