Island Conditions as of 5/20/13
Small patches of snow remain on the south-facing slopes. Expect snow on north-facing slopes and places where the sun will not reach (valleys, ravines, and deep woods). Conditions are changing, but as the snow disappears, standing water will be common. More »
The only turtle present on the island, the western painted turtle, is quite common in lakes and ponds and can often be seen basking on logs during sunny days. Painted turtles spend the winter hibernating in mud underwater and may occasionally be active under the ice.
Did You Know?
Ryan Island on Isle Royale’s Siskiwit Lake is the largest island on the largest lake on the largest island on the largest freshwater lake in the world.