Camper rescued from Porcupine Mountains

MARQUETTE – A camper was rescued from the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Friday after she fell ill and couldn’t walk.

A 911 distress call came into the Negaunee Regional Dispatch at approximately 8:15 p.m. According to Michigan State Police, the caller reported that his party was camping in an extremely remote area of the park and that a member of their group was ill, unable to stand or walk and required immediate medical attention.

Due to the remote location of the ill person, State Park rangers formulated a search and rescue plan and concluded that the most direct access to the scene was via watercraft and then foot travel, according to a press release.

Medical personnel from SONCO Ambulance, park rangers, Ontonagon County Sheriff’s deputies, troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Wakefield and Ontonagon County Community Emergency Response Team members were transported to the scene via watercraft.

According to police, the rescue party traveled approximately 12 miles in the watercraft from Lake Superior to the mouth of the Big Carp River then walked about 2 miles inland on a foot trail to the campsite.

Upon arrival, the rescue party found an 18-year-old female who had to be carried back to the shoreline. She was transported by watercraft to the Union Bay Campground access site. According to police, the victim was then transported by SONCO Ambulance to Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital for treatment.

The woman has since been discharged and returned to her home in Wisconsin.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is