Scenic Overlook Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers 4 types of camping and campgrounds:
As one of the premier backpacking destinations in the upper midwest, the Porkies offers a wide variety of trails sprinkled with designated camp areas. Each of the campsites has a fire ring and can accomodate up to 6 camper-backpackers. In order to protect the wilderness experience, hikers are limited to overnight camping only at one of these 63 designated backcountry campsites. In order to preserve the wilderness experience, all backcountry campers are required to obtain a backcountry camping permit and during the peak hiking season (May 15 - October 15) campsite reservations are strongly recommended.
There are also 3 outpost camping areas located near trailheads that will accomodate several tents and campers.
Rustic Cabins & Yurts
Also along the hiking trails throughout the park are 18 rustic backcountry cabins and yurts that can be rented and again due to popularity advance reservations are recommended. The cabins are furnished with beds, cookware and tableware, mattresses, table, chairs, fire ring, an outhouse and and ax and saw. You bring your own bedding, potable water and toilet paper. All waste and other equipment is pack-in/pack-out. Most cabins and yurts require a 1 - 4 mile hike to reach and accomodate from 2 to 6 campers.
Presque Isle Rustic Campground
Located adjacent to the attractive Presque Isle River and Waterfalls, the Presque Isle campground offers 50 campsites for tenting and RV use. No electric service is available and the water is via a hand pump and the toilets are vault toilets.
The sites are semi-wooded and are divided into two loops, one of which prohibits generator use for a quieter camping experience. There's also a day-use area for viewing the waterfalls and hiking along the river.
Union Bay Campground
The Union Bay Campground is located on the shores of Lake Superior offers modern toilet and shower facilities, electric service, an RV dump station, a boat ramp and other amenities.
The campground offers 100 campsites, some right on the lakeshore. The sites are semi-wooded and located on grass. Most sites are pretty level, but others are best suited for tents. During wet weather the grass sites can present some challenges for parking your motor home.
Campground Beaches. The sand swimming beach is located a short walk east of the campground (left pix) but the shoreline by the campground is solid basalt - great for walking and getting some "rays" but not for swimming.
Big Bear Union River Campground
Due to its popularity, getting an RV site at the Union Bay Campground can be difficult during late spring, summer, and fall color seasons. A good option for RV campers needing electric service is very close to the entrance to the Porkies - Big Bear Union River Campground. 45 Semi-wooded and generally quite level sites; some with both electricity and water. Clean, modern washrooms with showers. Snacks, firewood, ice, and supplies at the office store. Very convenient, almost walking distance, to the Porkies. Decent prices.
Get more information on Porcupine Mountains Hiking Trail Map & Camping in the Porcupine Mountains
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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