Motorcycle & Auto Tour Opportunities
Experience the Midwest’s last great wilderness with a motorcycle or auto tour. The scenic variety is spectacular in the Porcupine Mountains. Enjoy breathtaking Lake Superior waterscapes, numerous waterfalls and some of the most pristine forests in the United States. Here are just a few suggestions for touring the Porcupine Mountains area.
Porcupine Mountains-Lake Gogebic Loop – Approx. 120 miles
The trip begins in Silver City on the shores of Lake Superior. Travel west on Hwy 107, then turn south on South Boundary Road. Stop and see Little Union Gorge Falls and then five miles later, Nonesuch Falls. Continue west through the forest along South Boundary Road for more than 25 miles and enjoy some of the most remote and rugged woodlands in the upper Midwest. Where the road bends south at the westernmost edge of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, you’ll find three outstanding waterfalls on the Presque Isle River—Manabezho, Manido and Nawadaha. From here, continue south on Hwy 519 to Wakefield. Then head east on Highway 28 to Bergland, located on the northern shore of Lake Gogebic. From Bergland, head north on Highway 64 back to Silver City.
Ottawa-Lake Superior Route – Approx. 125 miles
This tour begins in Ontonagon. Head west on Hwy 64 to Silver City, enjoying breathtaking Lake Superior vistas. In Silver City, head south on Hwy 64. About five miles south of White Pine, take Old M 64 Road to stop and see Little Trap Falls. Continue along Old M 64 Road to Hwy 64, then south to Bergland. Travel east along Hwy 28, passing through Ewen and connecting with Hwy 45 at Bruce Crossing. Go north on Hwy 45 to Rockland, then continue north on 45 back to Ontonagon. Attractions in Ontonagon include the Ontonagon Historical Museum and the Ontonagon Lighthouse. The trip takes you 1 mile north of Bonanza Falls.
Ontonagon-Victoria Dam Loop – Approx. 55 miles
This short drive starts in Ontonagon. Head south on Hwy 45 to Rockand. In Rockland, connect with Victoria Dam Road and travel southwest into the forest. About five miles from Rockland, be sure to stop and see the Victoria Dam, an engineering wonder, and the Old Victoria Mining Camp. Continue west on Victoria Road, enjoying rugged forest scenery until you get to Norwich Road. Take Norwich Road north through untouched woodlands towards Lake Superior. When you reach Hwy 64, turn right and head back into Ontonagon.
Two Big Waterfalls and the Paulding Mystery Light Drive – Approx. 100 miles (roundtrip)
Plan on starting this drive late in the day. From Ontonagon, head south on Hwy 45 through Rockland. At Bruce Crossing, continue east on Hwy 28, which will take you to Agate Falls State Park, home to one of the U.P.’s most beautiful waterfalls. Continue on Hwy 28 to South Agate Road, then head south along Calderwood Road, which will take you to Bond Falls Road. Stop at Bond Falls State Park to see the falls. Continue on Bond Falls Road to Hwy 45. Take Hwy 45 south to get to the area where the Paulding Mystery Light can be observed. About 13 miles south of Paulding, you will find Robbins Pond Road. Take Robbins Road west for 3/8 miles until you come to a parking area. A sign there will tell you about the mysterious light that can be seen at night. If you plan your trip right and you arrive at sunset, wait until dark and you might have a chance to see the light. If you are lucky enough to see the light, you’ll have a lot to talk about on your late-night drive back to Ontonagon.
Keweena Cruisin’ Tour – 200 miles (roundtrip)
From Ontonagon, head east on Hwy 38 toward Greenland. The Adventure Mine is an interesting stop along the way. From Greenland, travel east to Hwy 26 and take it north through the Copper Country State Forest. Stop in Houghton to visit the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at the Michigan Technological Museum. Further east on Hwy 26, you’ll come to Eagle River, home to The Jampot, where you can purchase homemade jams and baked goods made by a community of monks who live here. Further up the road is Eagle Harbor, home to a beautiful red brick lighthouse. Continue on Hwy 26 to the end of your trip—Copper Harbor. You can continue on to Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, home to a military base dating to 1844 and one of the first lighthouses on Lake Superior.
Other Scenic Drive Opportunities:
The Apostle Islands – 250 miles (roundtrip)
Located in Bayfield, Wisconsin, this designated national lakeshore features picturesque rock formations. On your way, stop in Ironwood to see Copper Peak, one of the six largest ski jumps on earth.
Lake Superior Circle Tour Route – 1,300 miles
The Porcupine Mountains area is located along the Lake Superior Circle Tour Route. Wakefield, Bergland, White Pine, Silver City, Ontonagon, Rockland and Greenland are all located directly on the route. Learn more about this route.