Looking west from the Lake of the Clouds overlook, Porcupine Mountains State Park
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.
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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.
Looking East. > > >
Looking south from the lookout over the Big Carp River Valley.
Your Lake Superior Travel hosts, Jo and Ross, at the upper CCC era lookout.
(Gotta remember to suck in my stomach in these photos )
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.
Lake of the Clouds Scenic Overlook (this page)
Here's a full map you can print out showing the campsites, back-country rustic cabins, hiking trails, waterfalls, and other points of interest within Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Here's a link to a publication with more info on visiting the Porcupine Mountains - Porcupine Mountains Visitor.
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