Backpacking the Porcupine Mountains, May 2009

Backpacking the Porcupine Mountains, May 2009

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Additional Information Image Type(s): Hiking, Flora, Scenery, Panorama, Water

A Memorial Day weekend well spent...

Here are some pics from a 3 day, 35 miler in the Porkies this past weekend.

Enjoy! :D

The stellar view from above Lake of the Clouds looking east along the Escarpment.

A shot of the lush and beautiful woods along Lake Superior.

The beautiful and very aptly named Mirror Lake as sunset nears.


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silversummit - May 27, 2009 8:59 pm - Voted 10/10

Really enjoyed your album!

I especially liked your campsite pictures and beautiful water scenes. Really brought back wonderful memories of my Boundary Waters trip and St. Croix River and Lakes in Maine trip.

There is special beauty to any trip near the water.....

Thank you for sharing!


stinkycheezman33 - May 27, 2009 9:32 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Really enjoyed your album!

well thank you very much :D i appreciate hearing that somebody likes to see what i am trying to share. it makes it worth the time spent making it just to hear that coming from one person!

happy camping!

evancretney - Jul 2, 2009 11:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Porkys Backpacking Information

Hey, I'm planning a backpacking trip to the Porkies this August and I'm having a bit of hard time finding information about regulations and such and I was wondering if you could help me out there. The main thing I'm wondering is where you can and cant camp in the park and what kind of registration/reservations are required.

Thanks a ton!

P.S. Love the pictures!


stinkycheezman33 - Jul 3, 2009 10:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Porkys Backpacking Information

yeah, i know what you mean: their website is CRAP! it is tough to know what is going on up there sometimes...

to answer your two biggest questions:

1) you technically are allowed to camp anywhere in the park's backcountry, as long as you are 1/2 mile from all cabins. however, if you do not camp in a designated campsite (they have fire rings), you cannot have a fire. that's about the only big thing. the designated sites are usually pretty sweet though, with nice locations and good views, etc. check out this map ( for better information about the site location and trail mileages, etc. when i hike there, this is the only map i carry

2) in terms of permitting, you need to stop by the park headquarters/visitor center before you head into the backcountry and register your group. the fee is (a rather steep) $14 a night, and you can get a cash refund for any unused nights you paid for. there is no limit, they just want to know who's back there

hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions!

happy hiking,

munk77 - Mar 8, 2010 12:35 pm - Hasn't voted


Happen to come by this post and agree that the MI DNR site is TERRIBLE with info for the Porkies.

With the permit price, is that per person or per site?




stinkycheezman33 - Mar 12, 2010 10:16 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Permits

a permit is for a group, so per site.

glad to know that someone else thinks that michigan's website STINKS!

when you heading up there?

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