Flooding and bridge collapses reported at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness National Park

ONTONAGON, MI – Severe flooding is affecting one of Michigan’s most popular state parks.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports flooding on many roads inside and outside Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, as well as several washed-out bridges throughout the park in Ontonagon and Gogebic.

The DNR is asking anyone who has been in the park in the past 24 hours to report trail conditions.

Heavy rains and storms in the Upper Peninsula caused flash floods at the sprawling 60,000 acre park. Flash flooding closed South Boundary Road, the park’s main entrance and exit corridor, but it has since reopened.

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Ontonagon County crews are working in the area to contain minor road shoulder washouts.

Backcountry crossings face high water levels and fast flowing water. Customers should avoid areas around the river for the next few days, the DNR said.

“When in doubt, find an alternate route,” they said.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is known for its century-old forest, roaring waterfalls, Lake of the Clouds, over 90 miles of hiking trails, modern and rustic campground, backcountry camping and its breathtaking views of Lake Superior.

Other attractions include the Summit Peak Observation Tower, the Porcupine Mountains ski area, an 18-hole disc golf course, and more.

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