The Friends of the Porkies has deep roots. Local citizens interested in the land that would become the Porkies started the movement to create the park in the early 1940’s. In 1945, support by the legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold led to the creation of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the birth of the Friends.

From its beginnings as the Porcupine Mountains Ski Club, the Friends has evolved into today’s federal nonprofit organization that continues to grow and take on projects that support and promote the Porkies and its users. You can follow our progress in our newsletter, the Quill, on our website and on our Facebook page.

The Friends of the Porkies is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) whose goals are to inspire appreciation of wilderness by promoting, supporting, and enhancing the resources and the visitor experiences at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Contact us at: P. O. Box 221, Ontonagon, MI 49953; phone 906-884-7663; email

2023 Porcupine Mountains State Park Visitor Guide