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The Porcupine Mountains, affectionately known as the Porkies, are home to some of the best hiking and most breathtaking scenery in the United States. This small group of mountains boasts the largest collection of old-growth northern hardwood forest in North America, an impressive 31,000 acres that attract visitors looking to appreciate the natural beauty.

This wilderness offers adventure activities year-round, from cross country skiing and snowmobiling to fishing and mountain biking. If you’re more an appreciator of nature than a sports person, you will enjoy discovering the 90 waterfalls or gazing at the famous Lake of Clouds. Whatever your interests, Porcupine Mountains camping promises fun for all.

The Best Porcupine Mountains Camping Spots

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1. Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle Campground

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Image from The Dyrt camper Mary H.

This rustic site is ideal for anyone who wants to surround themselves with the all-natural beauty the Porcupine Mountains have to offer. Situated near the wild Presque Isle River, it is a fantastic base for hikers who want to explore the area or campers who just want to switch off their typical day-to-day routines.

Porcupine Mountains Presque Isle Campground accommodates various styles of campers. It is divided into two sides: the generator-friendly zone and the generator-free zone, meaning you can find the peace and quiet you expect.

“The park is in an amazing location, with the Presque Isle River running through it and phenomenal hiking trails/vistas right there. It was also an easy drive to Lake of the Clouds, Summit Peak, and Ontonagon.”Mary H.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $4-20
  • Number of sites: 50
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

2. Union Bay – Porcupine Mountains State Park

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Image From The Dyrt camper Makayla B.

Located right on the coast of Union Bay on Lake Superior, this modern campsite offers outstanding views and comfortable camping, making it popular with all types of campers, from families to individuals.

As well as the wealth of outdoor activities on the campground’s doorstep from boating to biking, there is a shop where you can pick up souvenirs and basic groceries, and the lovely town of Ontonagon is just 25 miles away. With a limited season of mid-May to mid-October, it’s worth booking your spot at Union Bay – Porcupine Mountains State Park early.

“It is hard for me to look for other campsites at different campgrounds because of how much I loved this spot. This site is hard to beat!”Frances P.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $20-28
  • Number of sites: 99
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

3. Porcupine Mountains Backcountry Camping

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Image from The Dyrt camper Hilary S.

For the adventurous campers out there who want to try Porcupine Mountains camping at its most rustic, there are 65 backcountry (also known as primitive) camping spots within the park.

Each campsite has a metal fire ring, and campers must follow strict guidelines to protect themselves and the environment. For campers who want to experience the wilderness fully and appreciate everything the Porcupine Mountains have to offer, these campsites are ideal.

“In all, this has been one of my favorite backpacking sites, and I recommend it to everyone.”Anna A.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $14-15
  • Number of sites: 65
  • RV sites: No
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

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4. Union River Big Bear Campground

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Image from The Dyrt camper Kate K.

Situated on the banks of Lake Superior at the entrance to the Porcupine Mountains, everything about Union River Big Bear Campground has been well-thought-out, from the flat, spacious sites to the clean, modern restrooms and hot showers.
Families will enjoy making the most of the mile of sandy beach, the easy access to the Porcupine Mountains trails, and using the nearby Visitor’s Center.

“This place in the fall is magic. Beautifully wooded, many sites have a view of Lake Superior. You can hear the waves at night.” – Kelly W.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $28-45
  • Number of sites: 45
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

5. Union River Outpost

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Image from The Dyrt camper Jennie S.

In the depths of the Porcupine Mountains, Union River Outpost campground offers campers a secluded, tranquil spot away from other campsites. Located on the Union River, a well-known U.P. trout stream visitors enjoy outstanding vistas, waterfalls, and fantastic fishing.

This rustic camping spot has a vault toilet but no running water, so campers must be aware of filling up at the park headquarters or visitors center.

“We loved this spot! We wanted to stay longer but we didn’t have the time.”Jennie S.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $12-17
  • Number of sites: 3
  • RV sites: No
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

6. Black River Harbor Campground

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Image from The Dyrt camper Jade G.

Adjacent to the Black River Harbor Recreation Area with its pavilion, harbor, and picnic area, the Black River Harbor Campground is the ideal spot to get involved in many fun outdoor activities and explore the breathtaking scenery.

Close to spectacular waterfalls, outstanding beaches, and an elevated Lake Superior vista, the campground offers a comfortable and convenient base for visitors.

“Was looking for a remote, simple camp ground in the U.P. and was not disappointed. With a small walk to the beautiful beaches, a long day hike of the waterfalls, with access to the Porkies you can not find a better place.”peppergur B.

Campground Details:

  • Price: $5-30
  • Number of sites: 38
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

7. Little Presque Isle State Forest Cabins

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This well-equipped campground is situated in an idyllic spot near the scenic Presque Isle River, with sites looking over the stunning Lake Superior. Visitors of Little Presque Isle State Forest Cabins enjoy exploring the incredible waterfalls, getting out onto the lake, and discovering the many nearby hiking trails.

With vault toilets, hand pumps for water, and purchasable firewood, this pretty site has everything campers need to enjoy the Porcupine Mountains at their leisure.

“Great campground overlooking Lake Superior with absolutely gorgeous river trails!”Amy K.

  • Price: $74-90
  • Number of sites: 6
  • RV sites: Yes
  • Fires allowed: Yes
  • Pets allowed: Yes

The Porcupine Mountains offer unbeatable forests and waterfalls right on the shores of one of the country’s largest lakes. While these campgrounds in the park provide unparalleled access to the hundreds of excellent trails, check out more fantastic options on The Dyrt’s database.

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