A $1250 grant from Portage Health Foundation is funding the 2015-2016 Kidski program. This program brings five youngsters to the ski hill each Saturday for ten Saturdays during ski season, potentially serving a total of 50 youngsters. Students from the two Ontonagon County school districts sign up to participate in the program, and the Friends select participants on a first come, first served basis.

Greg Ferguson, Middleton, WI

photo by Greg Ferguson, Middleton, WI


Save the date! Saturday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.snowburst flyer.psd


Everyone Loves Summer!

Join us on Midsummer Eve Monday, June 20, 2016

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Place: Porcupine Mountains Folk School

Mark Cavanaugh, St. Paul, MNTime: 6:00 p.m. ET: Play Kubb, a Scandinavian game

7:00 p.m. ET: bonfire

7:30 p.m. ET: indoor program

9:00 p.m. ET: back to the bonfire for those who want to continue celebrating

Check back for more information about the program.


Snowburst is coming on February 20, 2016. This is a Park event of fun family activities including kids’ activities, a snowshoe fun run, wheelbarrow races, a guided snowshoe hike, giant slalom races, a dinner with live music, a lantern lit trail ski or snowshoe experience, and fireworks. SNOWBURST IS SUPPORTED BY DONATIONS. Please mail your check to: Friends of the Porkies, P. O. Box 221, Ontonagon, MI 49953 attn. Snowburst


Kurt SkiingIf you are a young Ontonagon County skier in need of a helmet, this is an opportunity for you! When a skier age 18 or younger purchases a helmet at the Porkies Ski Shop and fills out a form requesting assistance, the Kurt Blake Helmet Fund, a Friends of the Porkies program, will provide 50% of the price of the helmet, up to $50.00.


The Kurt Blake Helmet Fund is supported, in part, by the Portage Health Foundation which awarded grant dollars to support safe skiing by Ontonagon County youth.


The Kurt Blake Helmet Fund was established in 2008 in honor of Kurt Blake, a young man from Ontonagon whose fatal skiing accident inspired the its creation.



Lake Gogebic C of CComing soon! The 2016 Gogebic Times will include information about Park and Friends events, and their calendar will list dates and times for our activities. Copies available in early 2016 at the Historical Society museum and (later) at the Chamber Visitor Information Center. Thanks to the Lake Gogebic Chamber for including our information in their publication!


Tis the Season to Donate to the Friends

November 11, 2015

Dear Friend,   We are blessed to live near the beauty of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park where, in every season, some 60,000 acres of woods and water and mountains refresh spirits and provide solace for thousands of visitors. You can help the Friends of the Porkies support the park in several ways:   […]

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UPTRA Member

October 27, 2015

Friends of the Porkies is a 2016 member of the Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association.

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GLCYD Volunteer Conference 2015

October 27, 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bob Wild, Porkies Naturalist, Jeff Gaertner, Unit Manager, and Sally Berman, lifetime member and Board member, Friends of the Porkies, attended the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development Volunteer Conference. The Friends was honored by the GLCYD as the U. P. Volunteer Organization of the Year. See the Friends of the […]

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Ramp Building Crew

October 26, 2015

This is a photo of six of the 9 – 10 Folk School ADA accessible ramp construction crew.Bruce Ruutila, Richard Knuteson, Jack Bauman – Project Manager, Jon Ollila, Dave Rasmussen, Steve Maass. The Folk School now has new windows, the ramp, an ADA accessible bathroom, a new propane heater and upgraded electrical thanks to Partnership […]

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