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Ontonagon, Michigan

Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground

Ontonagon, Michigan


Ontonagon, Michigan 49953
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Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 46.819761113666
Longitude: -89.640020968048

Elevation: 654' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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26 Reviews

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We reserved #25 based on other reviews. Beautiful view of lake. We decided not to stay here just because the weather was forecast to rain allot during our stay and I would've been concerned about getting stuck. The morning of the drive up I called the Ontonagon Township park to make a reservation (no cost to reserve) just in case we didn't like union bay. We checked in Ontonagon and then drove the toad to union bay. Very happy with our decision. The campground had received allot of rain already and muddy sites, #25 seemed ok. I brought some 8' 2x12's and some other scraps. I would've had to use them and the site still is dirty. When I was leaving another 40' motorhome was at the gate trying to find another spot to stay, his was flooded. I offered mine. Some crushed stone would make these sites great, otherwise you might get stuck. I tried several times to find out the status of the sites by calling and never could get through to the ranger. I rate this site 3 of 5 under ideal conditions. Tight spots, #25 is a parallel spot and with my compact toad would be tight. I looked like there was additional parking a few spots down. If you decide to go to Ontonagon park call when they open at 8am (est) ask for #65-70 for big rigs and great water front. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

big rigs have back up plan or boards for tires.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this place. The flies were out and about, but we still had a great time. The camp hosts were great, they serve free coffee and hot chocolate from 730-10 everyday. plenty of good sights in the area (waterfalls,hiking). We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ontanogan is about 13 miles away, has a good grocery store. Just a great place to enjoy Lake Superior and the many waterfalls nearby. Brand new shower house was well kept.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are fortunate enough to get a site on Lake Superior, this is a great place to camp. We were on site 25 which was the best for a larger rig, but we had to reserve it 6 months to the day ahead of time. There are only about 6 of these prime lakeside sites so you have to book them early for summer weekends. We loved it and spent hours enjoying our rock waterfront and swimming in Lake Superior. The sun doesn't set over the water but you still get a beautiful sky. And we also were treated to a meteor shower and Northern Lights!

The majority of the sites don't even have a view of the lake as they are on the other side of a tree line. They are currently putting in a new shower building which will be very nice. However, they tore the old one down and brought in 2 trailers with 5 toilet/shower combo rooms to replace it. This was just not enough for 400+ campers and the poor park workers were struggling to keep them clean. Most of the time, they weren't too good so we were happy to use the bathroom in the camper. Of course, without water and sewer hookups, we had to haul water and conserve.

I would definitely come back especially if we could camp lakeside again. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed on site 11 which was on the rocky shore of Lake Superior and had vegetation separating the campsite from lake with a little trail to the water. The rock is big flat sheets you can walk and lay on but it can be sharp and slippery. It was beautiful to sit on them and watch the sunrise. Campground was packed every night of the week but never was loud. Campsites were all decent, small and no privacy, though, but still loved it! Bring long extension cords cause the electric boxes are oddly placed. No sewer hook up at the campsites but they have water fill and dump at the park entrance. We have a 21 ft hybrid camper that fit nice on site 11. They had the bathroom and shower buildings tore down when we were there but they had those rentable RV type bathrooms set up which I was told were nice. We used our camper plumbing sparingly to last 5 days. Lake Superior is amazing--crystal clear, and it was a surprisingly comfortable temp for swimming. Our favorite activity was the beach! The stars were unbelievable. Skies so clear! I loved being next to the shore and hearing the waves as we fell asleep. The flies were horrible at times, though. Definitely didn't want to sit at the campsite during the day or we would get attacked. At night and in the morning we had no bug problems. Pack fly swatters, and a screen tent is almost a must.

The Porkies are a beautiful place anyone that appreciates nature must see. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Don't eat at the hotel down the road..overpriced and not good. A guy had a broasted chicken trailer set up on the main drag that was really good, otherwise drive into Ontanagon to Syls Cafe or Roxies bar for good and cheap food.

If you have time go to Quincy mine in Houghton.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical state park with sites close together. Close enough that we had to close our windows to avoid the campfire smoke from the site next to us. In fact, their fire was closer to our trailer than our fire was. Plus, the bathrooms were torn down and they had portajohn/showers brought in - 5 for a large campground, so they got pretty disgusting. We chose this campground because it was centrally located to the trails we wanted to hike. Quite a few of the sites were torn up from tires apparently mired in the mud from a recent rain - ours included. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped in the Union Bay campground for five nights in July. The views from our site were incredible. Our site was in the first row and mere steps from Lake Superior, and the waves lulled us to sleep nightly. Granted, on several days it was very windy, and we were not able to put our awning out, but oh well, the view more than made up for that inconvenience. The sites are all relatively flat, no problems getting level. We parked parallel to the road to take advantage of the view and for privacy. The Porkies are not close to any town of any size. Plan on bringing your food with you as the nearest grocery store is at least 20 miles away. As the sign at the park entrance states, "End of the Earth 2 miles, Porcupine Mountains 4 miles." We did have good Verizon cell phone reception in the campground, but nowhere else in the park. We could not pick up any TV stations using our RV's antenna. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We spent several days hiking the trails in the park. We especially enjoyed the Presque Isle River trail with three sets of waterfalls. We also did a day trip to the Black River Scenic Route about an hour south, which we all enjoyed.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a beautiful site right on the lake shore. The site was level and grassy, with large slab stones covering a small wet drainage area.

30 amp power at the site but no water hookups. (Water was available about 4 sites away at a shared faucet).

Great sunsets and sunrises over the lake!

Out site was rather narrow (length along the road). It was deep enough to put the trailer perpendicular to the road. It would have been better to put the trailer parallel to the road (as most others did) but the site was too narrow that direction. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 107
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Quiet, remote area. Each site has 30-amp service. There is fresh water at the dump/sani-station (which is easily accessed and easy for big rigs). Campground has potential, but needs works. Huge sinkholes in almost every site, and quite unlevel. If you don't know the area, go past the Visitor's Center to the Union Bay Ski Area (sign does not say "campground") and get set-up there, then go back to the Visitor's Center for area information. If coming from the east, get all supplies (including gas) in Ontonagon - nothing past that point. Surprisingly, with a booster, we get Verizon 3G. Yes, would stay here again, but not if weather calls for big rains - think we'd get stuck with all the mud. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Right on Lake Superior at Union Bay. There is lots of hiking, canoeing, kayaking and motor touring to be done in the area. Sites are grass, somewhat level and open. Make sure to take the time to go over to the Black River National Forest Scenic Byway. A bit of a drive; however, well worth the trip. The "Porkies" as they are known would qualify as a National Park. Michigan decided it couldn't wait for that status so created the state wilderness park instead. The park does have the essence and quality level of a National Park. Well worth the trip. Would come again. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites are tight as are most Michigan state campgrounds. Lakeside sites are extremely small and very windy. We moved from a lake front site when the winds approached 40 mph with no storm present. Staff was friendly and helpful. We would stay here again but would rather stay at one of the smaller rustic campgrounds if they are available. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a nice campground. Nothing fancy but a good place to stay while exploring the mountains. The sites on the water were nice but far from the restroom. A good place to eat in Ontonagon is Syls Cafe/Bakery: homemade pastries. My only complaint would be the set up of the fire pits, all were on the back of the sites, not much privacy. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed our 3-day stay here. That said, I was not pleased with our site. Those in the row of site 36 to 57 are basically in a flat mowed lawn that slopes away from the road unevenly with electric posts about 70' back from the road where the land slopes considerably. We setup closer to the road and used a 50' 20a extension cord to bring power to the coach. Even so, I had to have several 2" thick boards under the front wheels. So recommendation #1: avoid sites 36-57 if you're in a motorhome. A popup or other trailer would be fine. No trees in this section of sites either. Sites 9 through 29 are just lovely and give you a great view of the lake. Sites 10 - 26 are also good if you can see the lake through those camping right next to it! All the other sites are generally adequate. Facilities are clean, modern, and have seperate shower rooms. Onsite laundry available too. Quite a few families and many dogs while we were there: but noise was never a problem. Recommenation #2: you'll miss a lot if you don't have a car with you. Once the MH is setup, we normally walk everywhere; but the distances are too vast at this park for all but a few good hikes. On the 3rd day, we packed up the MH and drove the 35-ish miles to the Presque Isle campground: to hike and see the falls. We would have loved to camp at Presque Isle (next trip this is where we will go!) but they were full. No electricity at Presque Isle - but generators are permitted in the eastern loop. Recommendation #3: Go hiking - some wonderful views and the trails are generally good. However, the West River Trail just South of the Manido Falls, has a horrible path up the side of a steep hill with nothing but tree roots to hold onto. We decided not to go up it (as did the family after us too). This decision prevented us from seeing the Nawadaha Falls. Recommendation #4: There are a LOT of steps on the West River Trail. Don't take it unless you're comfortable climbing 120 steps each: up and down! (Lots of benches provided). Recommendation #5: Cross the foot bridge at the North end of the West River Trail and, on the far side, turn North (rather than the recommended South). There is a trail through tall pines that takes you to a wonderful beach on Superior with Lots of Flat Rocks just the right size to hold in your hand. And finally, Recommendation #6: Spend time in the Visitor Center. Well done exhibits and a great 12 minute movie. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground could use some updating, but the location is great, right on Lake Superior and in one of the best State Parks in the country. We had site 29 right on the lake and very pretty. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Many sites are small and cramped, but the spectacular views and clean showers made up for the site space. With the rocky shoreline and waves crashing, it made for a delightful experience. About a third of the sites had lake views. Shade is scarce, but it is cooler with the lake close by. Porcupine is a huge State Park with trails, skiing, waterfalls, and fishing. A camp store with mainly trinkets and a few supplies is nearby. Wonderful place. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Really nice campground on the shores of Lake Superior in Porcupine Mountains State Park in Michigan's upper peninsula. This is by far the most scenic spot in Michigan. The views down the rocky shoreline are outstanding, the restrooms clean, and the sites are spacious. A true wilderness experience in the Midwest. We camped at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park / Union Bay Campground in a Motorhome.

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