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Beyond BOW backpacking workshop set for Porcupine Mountains

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman backpacking workshop at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park for women who have previous backpacking experience, and would like to expand their skills and abilities.

The workshop is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15-17. At 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 there will be a gear check and trip orientation at the east end of the state park in Silver City.

Afterward, the group will drive to the trailhead to begin its weekend adventure.

“This trip will be a lot of fun, and will allow participants to explore beautiful portions of Michigan’s largest state park,” said Sharon Pitz, DNR BOW coordinator. “The group will hike approximately 3.5 miles with full backpacks to the backcountry rustic cabins at Mirror Lake.”

Participants are asked to bring their own camping gear. More details are provided in the workshop registration materials. Previous experience with backpacking and hiking is a requirement for this program.

“This workshop aims to expand on skills attendees may have been taught at previous BOW workshops, including backcountry cooking, map and compass, wilderness first aid and hiking,” Pitz said. “The backpacking trip will include both days at Mirror Lake, with optional day hikes and fishing available.”

The park’s backcountry rustic cabins offer a remote setting with no electricity or running water available.

Some additional things to consider:

Participants must be at least 18 years old.
Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 1.
This will be a rain, shine or snow event.
Cost for the workshop is $125, which includes two nights’ lodging.
Participants will stay in two-bed and eight-bed cabins.
The workshop cost may be paid online at

Those planning to fish, will need to purchase an all-species fishing license from the DNR or license dealer before the workshop.

An annual all-species fishing license costs $26, or a 24-hour license may be purchased for $10.
Workshop information and registration materials are available online at

For additional information, contact Sharon Pitz at 906-228-6561 or email at