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Kaug Wudjoo Lodge

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1950. MI 107, 1 mile west of entrance to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and 3 miles west of Silver City
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)

Named for “Place of the Crouching Porcupine” in Ojibwa, the rustic log and stone Kaug Wudjoo Lodge stands along the shores of Lake Superior among hemlock trees. In 1950, five years after the park was established, the lodge was constructed as the residence for park manager Knox Jamison and his family. In 2006 the cottage became available as a rental for park visitors.

The gabled house is finished with maple flooring, a large stone fireplace, and a picture window overlooking the lake. Cedar log beds and a white pine dining table complete the rustic decor. In siting, design, and materials the lodge is representative of mid-twentieth-century park architecture. It is one of sixteen rustic cabin rental units located at scenic spots among virgin timber, secluded lakes, and wild rivers and streams around the park.

With 60,000 acres, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Midwest and the largest state park in Michigan. North Country Trail, a 4,600-mile-long foot path, runs 23 miles through the park. Of special interest are Lake of the Clouds, Summit Peak observation tower, and the waterfalls of the Presque Isle River.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Kaug Wudjoo Lodge", [Ontonagon, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 499-499.

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