Exploring Silver City, Michigan

The Eastern Gateway
to the Porcupine Mountains
Wilderness State Park

Lodging and Businesses

Silver City, MI is located on Lake Superior at the junction of Highways M-64 and M-107,
3 miles east of the "Porkies" and 13 miles west of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Silver City, MI is a little village at the mouth of the Iron River nestled by the foothills of the Porcupine Mountains. Silver City was founded in the late 1870's when a small vein of silver was discovered just south of the city that started a "silver rush" but not enough silver was mined to be profitable. Now you can find delightful rental cabins, cottages, motels, and vacation homes on the shores of Lake Superior and small shops with specialty items. An excellent spot for the outdoor enthusiast or those who just want to sit on the deck or on the beach and enjoy the awesome beauty of Lake Superior.

The "Porkies: offers visitors year round outdoor fun with wonderful hiking trails throughout the park, scenic overlooks, old mine sites, waterfalls, camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, abundant wildlife, birding, and biking. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling with great photographic opportunities throughout the year.

 Lodging in Silver City Michigan on the Shores of Lake Superior
at the Eastern Entrance to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Cabins, Cottages, Vacation Homes, Lodges, Motels, and Campgrounds

A Cabin UP NORTH, 30978 W. Highway M-64, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5430. Four season vacation log home with 1000 feet of private beach on Lake Superior with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Wood burning fireplace. Fully equipped kitchen. Satellite TV, Large back deck overlooking the Lake with fire pit and grill. 3 miles from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Sorry, no smoking, no pets.

Lake of the Clouds Resort offers four recently updated cabins located in a wooded setting 1 mile east of the Porcupine Mountains State Park. All cabins have a complete kitchen, sat ellite TV, and 2 cabins have a wood-burning stove. The “Porkies” offers something for everyone from beautiful scenery and wildlife to a wide variety of outdoor adventures. Pet friendly. Open year round and on the trails. New own ers. 227 Farragut, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5145

Mountain View Lodges, 34042 107th Engineers Memorial Highway, Silver City MI. Phone: 906-885-5256. 11 modern lodges on the shores of Lake Superior, 1 mile from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. All lodges have wood burning fireplaces, 2 bedrooms, phones with data ports, Cable TV, and fully equipped kitchens including a dishwasher. Screened porch with grill and deck. Wheelchair accessible lodge. Pets accepted in some lodges with additional fee.


Art Gallery and Gifts at Mountain View Lodges. Browse this interesting art gallery located only 13 miles west of Ontonagon on the shores of Lake Superior. Take Highway 64 west from O ntonagon and go straight on H-107, the road to the Porkies. Wide variety of artworks including photography, fused glass jewelry and sun catchers, hand dyed silk scarves, note cards, personalized silhouette drawings, plus much more. Chainsaw carvings create d on site. Mountain View Lodges, 34042 M-107, Silver City, MI 49953. Phone: 906-885-5256 or 906-885-5947.

CURBSIDE KITCHEN Restaurant on Wheels
Featuring Original Recipe Broasted Chicken or Broasted Whitefish, Subs, Burgers, & More.
 32829 Highway M-64 in Silver City. 
Open Daily 2pm to 8 pm May through Color Season
Please call ahead for large orders.
Bob and Nancy Tonlinson. Phone: 906-885-5055
Konteka Restaurant, Black Bear Bar & Grill, 400 Main Street in the Mineral Circle Plaza, White Pine MI 49971. Phone: 906-885-5170. Only 6 miles from Silver City and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, and 17 miles from Ontonagon. The popular restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the Bar and Grill is open serving your favorite beverages, and a variety of sandwiches. Large 62" cable TV, juke box, and pool table.
Two Loons Restaurant at Lake of the Clouds Resort in Silver City. Phone: 906-885-6667. Open Daily. Coffee Bar: 8am to 11am. Dining: 11am to closing. Artisan Pizzas, Gou rmet Burgers, and a Variety of Salads.
Snowmobile and ATVRentals, Sales, and Service (Lake Gogebic Area)
Timberline Sports: Rentals, Sales, and Service, 1.5 miles west of Bergland at 35714 W. M-28 Bergland, MI 49910. Phone: 906-575-3397 Sales of new and used machines. Full Service & Parts Department. Rentals of new Ski-doo snowmobiles and Can-Am ATVs. Enjoy riding the groomed trails in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Lodging in White Pine, MI, (6 miles south of Silver City on M-64)
Konteka Motel, Restaurant, Bar & Grill, and the Black Bear Bowling Lanes, 400 Main Street in the Mineral Circle Plaza, White Pine MI 49971. Phone: 906-885-5170. Only 6 miles from Silver City and the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Motel has 16 guest rooms with refrigerator and cable TV. Handicap accessible room. Restaurant open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The popular Bar and Grill is open serving your favorite beverages. Large 62" cable TV, juke box, and pool table. Black Bear Bowling Alley has 8 lanes with league and open bowling. Banquet/Meeting Room for group gatherings. On snowmobile trail #1 so you can ride right from the door.

Enjoy the picnic area and boat ramp in the little park at the mouth of the Iron River.

Greenwood Falls (also called Bonanza Falls)

At the junction of M-64 and 107, turn south on M-64 for about 1 mile. Watch for the small sign. Turn west on the two-track road to the parking lot. Take the trail about .1 mile to the falls.

The "Porkies". . . 3 miles west of Silver City

Truly a world away from the bustle of the city, the Porcupine Mountains offer many recreational opportunities for you and your family. The "Porkies" are a true wilderness area, with old growth timber, numerous waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. Hiking, fishing, skiing, historical exploration, hunting, and bicycling are just some of the activities available in the immediate area. Stop at the Visitor Center in the park to find out what interesting hikes and programs are being presented

Enjoy spring as the waterfalls are full of rushing waters and the wildflowers begin to emerge, or try your luck fishing in nearby rivers or on Lake Superior. Wonderful opportunities for photographers all seasons of the year.

In the summer take a moon-lit walk on the sandy beaches of Lake Superior. The month of June is beautiful in the "Porkies". Hike through the woods and watch the wildflowers come to life, see the new mother animals with their young, collect agates on the shore of Lake Superior, or watch the spectacular spring displays of Northern Lights.

Fall in the North is truly amazing. The best color is in the western Upper Peninsula. Professional photographers from all over the country come to photograph the beautiful displays of nature's colors. Enjoy the flaming maples, oaks and other hardwoods in the Porcupines ton.

Snowmobile Trail # 1 runs through Silver City as part of Ontonagon County's 350 miles of groomed, marked snowmobile trails. These trails pass through some of the finest scenery in the Midwest. Travel through the deer yards and wood lands of the Ottawa National Forest. See the winter splendor of the Lake of the Clouds which can be reached by following the unplowed M-107 through the park. The trail system interconnects with the Upper Peninsula's 2,500 miles of trails as well as Northern Wisconsin's trail system.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, and Cross-Country Skiing at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, the Porcupine Mountains offer 11 miles of slope covering 100 acres over a 320 acre area. Seven fine intermediate trails, five challenging expert trails and three novice trails give skiers of all skill levels a place to explore their talents. The vertical drop is 641 feet. Chalet with rentals and food service.

Cross country skiers will find four main cross county trails that make up the Nordic trail system, about 26 miles of groomed double tracks that wrap around the ski-slope area. Warming sheds on the trails are stocked with firewood, but a fire is usually going. There are trails for all levels of experience from novice to advanced. The East and West Vistas overlook spectacular Lake Superior from the tip of the Porkies. Lantern light night runs are available, call for dates.

Sign in Silver City at the bridge over the Iron River.


Attractions and Recreation in the Silver City and Ontonagon Area 

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Summer in the Porkies
Winter in the Porkies
Map of Park, Hiking Trails, and Cabins
Hiking Trails Information
Camping and Camping Cabins

Ontonagon Lodging and Other Businesses

Upper Peninsula Traveler Home Page


Photo of the Iron River and Bonanza Falls by Mary Deloria

Travel information and lodging Accommodations cabins, cottages, motels, vadation homes and restaurants near the Porcupine Mountains State Park, also called the Porkies.