Other Nearby Cities: Grand Rapids South Bend Kalamazoo Elkhart Battle Creek Holland Wyoming See All Cities

Portage, MI

show info

Situated on the most southern edge of Lake Michigan, Portage is the third largest city in the northeastern portion of the state. The city is known for its camping and outdoor activities, thanks to the closeness of the Great Lakes. Historically, the area was split into three different townships named McCool, Crisman, and Garyton. It was not until 1835 that the town of Portage was incorporated, and then began to grow as a community. Today, Portage is an ideal place to put down some roots.

Getting Around in Portage, MI

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Portage is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.37%
  • 9.25%
  • 1.88%

Enjoying the Great Ou

You have endless options for enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle in Portage. Being so close to Lake Michigan, it is possible to swim, water ski, and take the boat out during the warmer months of the year. Walking trails and parks are scattered all throughout Portage, most of which allow you to bring a leashed dog along with you as long as you clean up after your pet. Fishing is also possible in parts of Lake Michigan, although a license is required to catch most species. Certain blackout dates do occur each year, but fishing is even an attraction in the winter.

Great Golfing

If you happen to be a golf lover, you will be pleased to know that you are only a few minutes away from one of Indiana's best golf courses. The Robbinhurst Golf Club and Driving Range is located just outside of Portage, on the eastern border of the city. The golf course has a diverse layout, offers lessons, and is open to both members and the public. The pro shop is known to be friendly and extremely helpful to both newbies and golf pros alike, making for a warm experience for everyone who visits.

Yogi Bear's Jellyston

You cannot move to Portage without experiencing Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at least once. Fans of the classic series will really enjoy this little park. Yogi Bear souvenirs can be purchased from the gift shop, but there is so much more to do in the park. Camping is possible and both RV spaces and tent camping are allowed. If you enjoy having a bit more comfort, you should rent one of the available cabins any time of year. Book reservations at least three months in advance for best results. Summer is the busiest month for camping in the park.