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Lake of the Clouds Scenic Overlook
Porcupine Mountains State Park, Upper Peninsula Michigan
South Shore of the Lake Superior Circle Tour

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Looking west from the Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains State Park

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The Scenic Lookout at Lake of the Clouds Scenic Area is probably the most popular attraction for day visitors to the Porkies and one you ought not to miss.

The Scenic Area is located at the end of Michigan Highway 107. A park pass is required to visit here, but it is worth it + plus the pass makes you legal for all other park use during that day. There is an extensive boardwalk area serving the various overlooks so folks in wheelchairs or assistive scooters can take in the views. There are also interpretive displays, washrooms and picnic areas at the site and a large parking area with space for larger RVs.

While you'll see beautiful scenery and views any time of the year, it is especially popular in the fall, as you'll see from some of our pictures below.

There are also a network of hiking trails intersecting here (The Clouds parking area is a trailhead for the Big Carp River, Escarpment, and Mirror Lake hiking trails) for those who would like to spend a few hours getting some vigorous hiking as well as taking in numerous other scenic vistas available only to those willing to hike to the numerous peaks and along high ridges in the park.


Piorcupine Mountains Scenic Overlook

The spacious ADA approved lookout provides 180 degree view of parts of the Porkies, including the Lake of the Clouds.Piorcupine Mountains Lake of the Clouds

Looking East. > > >


Piorcupine Mountains Lake of the Clouds

Here's another view, looking east over Lake of the Clouds, taken from the original overlook (non ADA) constructed by CCC workers during the 1930s.Piorcupine Mountains Fall Color

Looking south from the lookout over the Big Carp River Valley.


Piorcupine Mountains Fall Color Carp River Bridge

Here's a close view of the hiking trail bridge that crosses the Carp River.Piorcupine Mountains Fall Color

Your Lake Superior Travel hosts, Jo and Ross, at the upper CCC era lookout.
(Gotta remember to suck in my stomach in these photos smile)

Piorcupine Mountains Trail Map

This map shows the Cloud's overlook, some of the areas seen from the overlook, and some of the many hiking trails that run throughout Porcupine Mountains State Park. - Reinhold Development - 2015

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