10 Things to Do in Ontonagon That You Shouldn't Miss

July 26, 2017 Janette Largent

Ontonagon (/ˌɒntəˈnɑːɡən/ ON-tə-NAH-gən) is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,494 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Ontonagon County.
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1. Presque Isle River

Ontonagon, MI +1 906-885-5275
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5 based on 105 reviews

Presque Isle River

Waterfalls and a multilevel boardwalk make this river at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park worth seeing.

Reviewed By Iliffmom3 - Saginaw, Michigan

We spent half a day hiking all of the way around this river area. Some of the terrain was tough, but we had some younger kids that made it through. It is amazing to see the power of a river at work.

2. Bond Falls

This is Near Bruce Crossing, MI, Actually located in Paulding, MI, not Ontonagon., Ontonagon, MI 49953 +1 906-885-5275
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5 based on 291 reviews

Bond Falls

Reviewed By Northerngirlnomore - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

The address on Trip Advisor is incorrect, Bond Falls is actually near Paulding and Bruce Crossing, MI, and not Ontonagon. It's further east just off of HWY 45. Spectacular waterfall. Nice park with a nice boardwalk and trails. The steps up to the top of the falls can be slippery, so be careful!

3. Lake of the Clouds

107th Engineers Memorial Highway, Ontonagon, MI
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5 based on 163 reviews

Lake of the Clouds

Reviewed By Diana1947 - Loveland, Colorado, United States

Easy walk on the boardwalk to several view points. We didn't know about this place, just happened to see signs and thought we'd go while in the area. So glad we did. The trees were just beginning to change, it must be absolutely beautiful when they are in their peak. We will go back!

4. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

33303 Headquarters Rd, Ontonagon, MI 49953-9087 +1 906-885-5275
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5 based on 462 reviews

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

Consists of 60,000 acres of lakes, forests and rivers.

Reviewed By JimSTL1021 - Saint Louis, Missouri

We drove up to the Porcupine Mountains hoping to catch the fall colors and we were not disappointed. The park offers wonderful views with beautiful fall colors amid several great hiking spots. There was everything we could desire to get us into the fall season! A wonderful place to visit!

5. Summit Peak

Ontonagon, MI +1 906-885-5275
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Summit Peak

This overlook at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers a scenic view.

Reviewed By Todd H - Cold Spring, Minnesota

The trail is nice and it seems like more than a half mile to get to the top, many steps involved but worth the view. There were other trails along the way that did not seem to be marked very well, to explain where they were going, so we stayed on the main trail. The view from the top is beautiful. There are two areas to look, one from the west view and one from the east view and they are great!

6. Main Overlook

Ontonagon, MI
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5 based on 31 reviews

Main Overlook

Area at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offering an unforgettable scenic view.

Reviewed By Susan M - Warren, Michigan

I suggest making this trip a must. There are several angles for picture taking and a board walk at a slight angle for ascending. Then if you are up to the strenuous descent over roots and rocks, over eight stories (at least) to the lake, take it. Note, the area at the lake is mucky.

7. Ontonagon Township Park

700 Lakeshore Dr, Ontonagon, MI 49953 +1 906-884-2930
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Ontonagon Township Park

Reviewed By Kim P - Duluth, Minnesota

This campground is right above the sand dunes of Lake Superior. Every site is wonderful. Swim on the beach, walk the beach and gather beach glass drift wood, or agates, ride your bikes, paddle on the lake, hike, have a fire on the beach, play frisbee golf. Staff is wonderful, bath house clean. Loved it and we will return!

8. Ontonagon Lighthouse

422 River St, Ontonagon, MI 49953-1614 +1 906-884-6165
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Ontonagon Lighthouse

Reviewed By ItsjustDoug - Iowa City, Iowa

To get close you have to go into town and go to the historical museum, which is unfortunate for stop and gawkers like me. I'd rather be able to drive to the location and determine if I want to go on the tour or not.

9. Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Highway 64, Ontonagon, MI +1 906-885-5209
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Porcupine Mountains Ski Area

Located on the shore of Lake Superior, the "Porkies" ski area features eleven miles of slope covering 100 acres of ski-able terrain, plus scenic trail systems for cross-country enthusiasts.

Reviewed By allysone178 - Manitowoc, United States

We hit a powder day and it was amazing! Not a lot of people there because it was soooo cold. Parking was close, staff was friendly and the lodge was nice. The only bad thing we experienced was they were doing lift maintenance in the afternoon which slowed the lift down. Which sucked because it was so cold and extremely windy. However we enjoyed ourselves and will be back.

10. Little Carp River Trail

Little Carp River Rd, Ontonagon, MI 49938
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5 based on 12 reviews

Little Carp River Trail

Scenic hiking trail at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Reviewed By photoguywisconsin - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

If you like the sound of rushing water, this is your place. It' s not nearly as popular as Presque Isle or Lake of the Clouds. Really its beauty is a bit more subdued. It's a great place to just sit and listen to nature. If you spend more than a day in the park, you should really stop here-just don't tell too many other people.
The trail itself requires a little bit of up and down and watching out for tree roots. It's certainly not handicap accessible. With that said, I think most folks will find it enjoyable. Be warned there are no bathrooms there.

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