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DNR sets Porkies back country camping limits


March 16, 2018

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

THOSE INTERESTED in exploring the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park - including the Upper Carp River, seen here from one of the park's overlooks Saturday - may find it harder to obtain a back country camping site. The Department of Natural Resources has announced plans to limit back country camping to the park's 36 sites because of the large number of people visiting the park.

SILVER CITY - Back country camping in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park will be a little more restrictive starting this camping season, as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is limiting where people can camp.

While back country campsites used to be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and campers could also camp off-trail, the park has become too popular, as the DNR estimates more than 300,000 people a year visit the approximately 60,000-acre park.

"In recent years, we have had several nights that exceeded our capacity. We are now requiring campers to stay at d...

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