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Porcupine State Park
is a wilderness area in the Porcupine mountains, named so by the Ojibwa
tribe due to silhouette of the range. On the northern side
State Park is
bordered by lake Superior. Besides it has two small lakes. The first one
of the Clouds and it is clearly visible from the observation point.
Another lake is Mirror lake that is accessible by foot. It is less
crowded and camping on its shore is pleasant and secluded.
natural factors like heavy rains and cold weather hikers and campers
should watch out for wild animals. Wolves were reintroduced in the area
of Porcupine State Park several years ago, but their numbers are too low to cause worries.
Wolves rarely attack humans unless they are hungry, which usually
happens in overpopulated regions and in winter. More common are black
bears. The easiest way avoid these animals is simply making noise.
Groups of people that hike through the woods scare bears with the sound
of their voices. In case you want to wander in the forest by yourself
you should wear a bell or anything that rattles so that bears could hear
you from far away and leave. If you stay overnight keep your food closed
to prevent any smells. Empty cans should be burned in a fire to
eradicate smells that might attract unwanted visitors. This includes
chocolate and sweets that as it turned out in my own experience are
Abandoned Mine in Porcupine State Park
Abandoned Mine is situated in Porcupine State
Park along a main road
that leads to the Lake of the Clouds Overlook. In the 19th
century when it was dug it was used to mine copper that was
commonly found here. Unfortunately for local prospectors and
fortunately for us it quickly dried out. Humans didn't have the
time to destroy pristine forests in the area. The cave is well
marked and easily accessible since it situated right on the
road. However, as you can tell from the pictures it is sealed
off to protect tourists and thrill seekers from endangering
themselves. This is not the only sign of presence of copper
mining here, but it is much easier to access and find than other
Mirror Lake is a small glacier lake situated in the south area of the
state park. It is a nice location for camping out over night. It is
rarely visited by the tourists and so it is especially quiet. Few canoes
and boats on the shores are loosely tied so I guess it wouldn't be such
crime to take them for a ride. Make sure you return it to the same
location where you have found it. Have some respect for their owners. Additionally
offers 16 rustic cabins in the forest from April till November. Most
cabins are made for 4 people, but two cabins are made for 6 and 8
people. It doesn't offer many amenities other than roof, walls and a
stove, but if you want to live the way people lived here in the 18th and
19th century this would be perfect location. Some cabins are located in
the deep woods, while others stand right on the shores of Lake Superior.
You can check the map of the rustic cabins below.
To Reserve a Cabin
in Porcupine State Park
Contact Park Headquarters weekdays between and 4:30 PM Eastern at (906)
885-5275. Do this early, some cabins are reserved up to a year ahead.