Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Rachel Kramer)
Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan | Photo Credit: Flickr - Rachel Kramer
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Named by the native Ojibwa people, the Porcupine Mountains are home to the famous Lake of the Clouds. This nearly 60,000 acre state park is known for having the largest old-growth hardwood forest west of the Adirondack Mountains. Today, the park boasts some amazing hiking trails, camping and even snowmobiling in the winter.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is the largest state park in Michigan. Thousands of visitors each year come to see the sprawling hardwood forest, beautiful waterfalls and plenty of lakes to explore.

The land was originally inhabited by the Ojibwa people who named the region, Porcupine Mountains. They claimed that the mountain peaks resembled the shape of a porcupine.

Presque Isle River, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan (Photo Credit: Flickr - Joe Passe)
Presque Isle River, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan | Photo Credit: Flickr – Joe Passe

These mountains were also used for copper mining, which was a popular industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Summit Peak, is the highest point in the Porcupine Mountains at 1,958 feet. There are some spectacular overlooks from the state park that offer amazing views of the lakes, valleys and even onward to Lake Superior.

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