Lake of the Clouds

Lake of the Clouds Description:

Lake of the CloudsLake of the Clouds is one of the premier hiking spots in not only the Porcupine Mountains State Park, but in all of Michigan. Walk only a short distance over a beautiful trail that winds through the woods or take the ADA access trail to the escarpment and view the majesty of the Lake of the Clouds hundreds of feet below.  A Michigan Recreation Passport is required to access the overlook.

The lake is fed from the east end by the Carp River and eventually empties into Lake Superior on the boundary between Ontonagon and Gogebic County.

Here is a link to the DNR page for some hikes near Lake of the Clouds:

Porcupine Mts-Escarpment Trail
Trail Length: 4.30 (Miles)

Porcupine Mts-North Mirror Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.80 (Miles)

Porcupine Mts-South Mirror Lake Trail
Trail Length: 3.00 (Miles)

Porcupine Mts-Summit Peak Tower Trail
Trail Length: 0.50 (Miles)

To reach the lookout view the map below:

There are over 80 miles of marked hiking trails that provide amazing scenery at every bend. Trails include four secluded lakes, waterfalls, and high surrounding peaks. In every season, the Porkies are a beautiful wilderness retreat.

There is a new visitors’ center off the South Boundary Road that acquaints people with the features and activities of the entire park. There is also a mini-museum and a multi-media presentation in a theater. Make sure to visit the Lookout Tower at Summit Peak.

If you can’t visit this awesome spot in person, then Google has helped you out.  View the sight from their street view camera:

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