Winter Activities at Michigan’s Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

    Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located on the south shore of Lake Superior near Silver City in Ontonagon County, is offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing by lantern light in late December, and on Saturday evenings in January and February.

    Nearly 80 old-fashioned kerosene lanterns will illuminate a 1-mile trail for a unique and memorable experience. The ski trail is track-set for classic skiers, while snowshoers make their own trail adjacent to the lighted loop. Stop halfway around the loop at the warming shelter and join the park naturalist for a campfire and refreshments. The ski trail is rated “easy”; however, skiing and snowshoeing at night is always challenging.

    Lantern-lit cross-country skiing and snowshoeing kicks off on New Year’s weekend, Dec. 29 and 31, from 6-9 p.m. and continues on Saturday evenings Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26, from 6-9 p.m., and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30-9 p.m.

    The trail is located off M-107 across from the downhill ski area. See the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park cross country ski trails map for the exact location within the park.

    If the weather is not favorable for skiing or snowshoeing, the event may be canceled. Please call ahead to inquire about cancellations at 906-885-5206.

    For more information on winter recreation opportunities at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, call 906-885-5275 or visit or

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