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Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center

Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center

Visitor center temporarily closing May 15
  • The visitor center will be closed during road construction May 15 - Aug. 15.
  • The ski chalet will serve as the visitor center during this time. Backcountry, yurt, tiny house, rustic cabin, group & outpost camp guests should check in at the ski chalet. Staff will also be available to sell Recreation Passports and answer visitor questions.
  • Interpretive programming will take place throughout the park. Please check the calendar
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Visitor Center


Hours of Operation

May 15 - Oct. 14: Open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Eastern)

Oct. 15 - May 14: Closed for the season

The Porcupine Mountains Visitor Center, located in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, introduces visitors to the rich wilderness heritage of this 60,000-acre park. Set alongside the largest old-growth hardwood-hemlock forest in the Great Lakes region, the center features exhibits and programs that tell the story of Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula.

The center has a 100-seat auditorium and an exhibit hall featuring natural communities of the mountains and native wildlife species including fisher, goshawk, gray wolf, porcupine, peregrine falcon, bear and beaver. The exhibit hall also displays the history of the Porcupine Mountains from prehistoric copper miners to the lumber camps of the early 1900s.

Be sure to check out our newsletter, the Porcupine Mountains Visitor.

Nature education for teachers and families

Education programs

Daily public programs resume in June. If you are a with a school and would like to schedule a park visit this spring, please contact Katie Urban at 906-885-5206 or

Guided hikes & activities

Interpretive programs and activities are typically held from mid-June to early October, and from end of December through February. Not all programs are currently available.

Grants may be available to help you bring your classroom to the Porkies: