Porcupine Mountains summer programming will include archery, s’more party, Lake Superior stone identification

ONTONAGON, MICH. — There’s no shortage of things to do in Michigan’s largest state park, but if you’re looking for new ways to experience the Porcupine Mountains, this summer’s lineup is for you.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers weekly programs for all ages throughout the summer that showcase the rugged beauty and abundant natural features of the 60,000-acre park.

This week’s lineup includes lessons ranging from orienteering to archery, kid-friendly ‘discovery tables’ featuring rocks and trees, and even a waterfront bonfire party. of Lake Superior.

The following interpretive programs are for the week of July 13. Programs are free unless otherwise stated; a recreation passport is required for vehicle entry into the park.

Updated weekly event schedules for the park are posted on the MNR website as well as the park’s Facebook page.

Wednesday July 13 – Orienteering 5 p.m. ET. Learn to use basic compass skills and put them to good use on a treasure hunt during this hands-on program. Meet at the upper Ski Hill parking lot.

Thursday July 14 – insect safari 3 p.m. ET. What is flying, hopping or crawling today? Join a park naturalist to explore the insects of the Porcupine Mountains. Meet at Union Bay Campground Playground.

Friday July 15 – Discovery Table, Lake Superior Stones. 1-3 p.m. ET. Stop by this table for tips on identifying some of our Lake Superior stones and find out where they came from and how they got here. Meet at: Union Bay Beach. River hunting 5 p.m. ET. Grab a net and hop on board, help us collect all kinds of critters. Water shoes recommended. Nets and jars provided. Meet at: Union Mine Interpretive Trail.

Saturday July 16 – Arrows away! 10 a.m. ET. Have you ever wanted to try shooting with a bow and arrow? Now is your chance! The whole family is invited to join; the safety briefing at the beginning of this workshop is mandatory for anyone who wants to shoot. Meet at: Ski Hill Upper Parking Lot. Discovery Table: Porkie Trees 1-3 p.m. ET. There are so many beautiful trees in and around the park. Can you identify any? Stop at this table to test your knowledge. Meet at Cloud Lake Bridge.

Sunday July 17: Lake Superior Day! Special event: Guest speaker from Friends of the Porkies 1 p.m. ET. Join in the celebration by listening to guest speaker Dean Juntunen as he shares photos and stories from his kayaking adventures on Lake Superior. Meet at: Visitor Center. Superior and S’mores 8 p.m. ET. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the stories of the beauty and power of Lake Superior around the campfire. Meet at: Union Bay Beach.

Find more information about Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and view an updated weekly calendar of events on the DNR website.

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Earnest A. Martinez