New Campsite Restrictions at the Porkies

Got some trip suggestions at another National Park, or know of a great place in the middle of no where? Share them here, plan your trips, and hook up with other individuals on the forum.

Moderator: alecto73

Post Reply
User avatar
IncaRoads
Forum Moderator
Posts: 304
Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:52 pm
Isle Royale Visits: 12
Location: St. Paul, MN / Fernandina Beach, FL
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 2 times

New Campsite Restrictions at the Porkies

Post by IncaRoads »

DNR limits backcountry campsites at largest state park
The Detroit News Published 10:39 p.m. ET March 13, 2018

In a bid to curb overcrowding, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources plans to restrict designated backcountry campsites at the largest state park.

More than 300,000 annual visitors head to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in the Upper Peninsula, with its nearly 60,000 acres featuring hemlock-hardwood stands and waterfalls, department officials said.

When backcountry campsites previously were available on a first-come, first-served basis, park rangers didn’t not need to limit camping. However, after exceeding capacity in recent years, “we are now requiring campers to stay at designated campsites and we are limiting the number of registered campsites to 63 per night to protect the backcountry experience for all,” said Michael Knack, park supervisor, on Tuesday.

“Campers can now make a reservation for campsites and all backcountry campers will be required to camp on the specific backcountry campsite or campsites they have registered for.”

Backcountry campsites are numbered and have a metal fire ring.

“Reservations are strongly encouraged given popularity of the park’s backcountry and the number of available campsites,” said Bob Wild, a park interpreter at the state park.

The cost to camp one night is $15 for 1-6 people. The maximum number of campers per site is six.

Backcountry camping reservations are available six months in advance for May 15-Oct. 15 at www.midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44PARKS.

To see the park’s backcountry camping map and for information, go to www.michigan.gov/porkiesvc.
Midwest Ed
IR Expert
Posts: 1261
Joined: Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:25 am
Isle Royale Visits: 8
Location: Quad Cities, IL

Re: New Campsite Restrictions at the Porkies

Post by Midwest Ed »

My comment is bit off topic from the Porkies, but I was somewhat surprised and initially disappointed when I recently discovered that other popular hiking areas around the country have gone to lottery systems to limit access to simply entering the areas instead of camping reservations.
8 trips, 1975 x 2, 1976 x 2, 1978, 1985, 2000, 2013
User avatar
hooky
IR Expert
Posts: 658
Joined: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:26 am
Isle Royale Visits: 2
Location: Central Indiana

Re: New Campsite Restrictions at the Porkies

Post by hooky »

Midwest Ed wrote: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:48 am My comment is bit off topic from the Porkies, but I was somewhat surprised and initially disappointed when I recently discovered that other popular hiking areas around the country have gone to lottery systems to limit access to simply entering the areas instead of camping reservations.
I assume that's a function of enforcement needs. It's probably much easier to check entry points than it is to police back country campsites.
Post Reply