The Porcupine Mountains’ cultural history begins with the Native Americans, who named the escarpment peaks after the crouched woodland porcupines they resemble. Europeans first came to the area in search of furs. Fifteen years before the Civil War, miners searched for copper in these mountains and the landlookers soon followed, cruising the forests for pine and cedar. Establishment of the park insured the preservation one of the last extensive pieces of unspoiled wilderness in the Midwest.
The Park offers a wide variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast including hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking and Alpine and Nordic skiing. This is four season recreation at its finest.