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Guided hikes and activities

Interpretive programs and activities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park are held from mid-June through early October and from the end of December through February. For a detailed schedule or to get directions to program locations, stop by the Wilderness Visitor Center, park headquarters or either of the park campground offices.

Examples of programs commonly held:

Nonesuch hike

Join us on this hike to the long-abandoned Nonesuch town site for a glimpse into the everyday life in an 1880s wilderness copper mining community. Meet at Nonesuch corner on South Boundary Road. Allow 1.5 hours for this hike of moderate difficulty.

Aquatic insect hike

Bring your water shoes for this wet hike. We will explore the underwater world in the Presque Isle River, collect live insects using nets and identify what we caught before releasing the specimens back to the river. Nets will be provided. Meet at the intersection of South Boundary Road and Presque Isle Campground.


Join us at the Lake of the Clouds observation area for a chance to look through our telescope at distant planets or galaxies. Learn some of the more notable summer constellations and also how to use a "star chart." If we're lucky, we may see some meteors or even the Northern Lights. Clear skies are required for this program which lasts one-1.5 hours.

Night hike

Join us at the Lake of the Clouds parking lot for this evening program where we discover what animals do after the sun goes down? Owls, skunks, racoons, and even our abilities as humans, will be explored before the end. Be sure to bring a flashlight and proper shoes on this short hike that lasts about one hour.

Arrows Away

Have you ever wanted to try and shoot a bow and arrow? Now is your chance! The whole family is welcome to join. Learn the basic techniques in archery and see if you can hit your mark. Meet in the top parking lot of the Porcupine Mountains Winter Sports Complex for this one-hour program, and make sure to be on time so you do not miss the safety talk.

Insect Safari

What is flying, hopping or crawling around today? Join a park naturalist as we explore the insects of the Porcupine Mountains. This program is offered in several locations in the park. Jars and nets are provided during this one-hour exploration.

Snowshoe guided hikes

Take some time to enjoy the deep, powdery snow this winter on one of our guided snowshoe hikes. Beginners can join in on a short hike to the frozen shores of Lake Superior, while more skilled hikers can join the advanced hike, where we ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain and break our own trail through deep powder back down. Both hikes meet at the ski hill and take about two hours to complete.

Lantern-lit trail

No winter stay is complete without joining in on this self-guided, 1-mile hike lit only by the light of kerosene lanterns. Located on the Lake Superior Loop across from the ski hill entrance, this trail can be hiked in boots, snowshoes or cross-country skis. Be sure to stop by the White Birch warming shelter to warm up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.