• A mid-afternoon veiw down the expanse of Isle Royale National Park.  Photo taken from the Mount Ojibway Fire Tower.

    Isle Royale

    National Park Michigan

Day Hiking

Day hikers venture out.

Lodge guests venture out on a day hike.

National Park Service

If you only have a few hours to spend on Isle Royale, day hiking is an excellent way to get into the backcountry for solitude and exploration. There are a number of short hikes available, from a 1-mile jaunt near Windigo to a 4-mile loop out to Scoville Point near Rock Harbor. Whichever hike you decide to take, be sure to bring a daypack with water, snacks, raingear, and a first aid kit. Be sure to wear sturdy boots or tennis shoes that are broken in. Some hikes are ranger-led, check the program schedule at the visitor centers.

For tips on hiking safety, click here.

To view a Rock Harbor Area Guide, click here. To explore a Windigo Area Guide, click here.

Did You Know?

The morning sun burns through fog on the shoreline of Isle Royale.

Isle Royale’s inland lakes are home to an amazing diversity of invertebrates. Freshwater clams, sponges, bryozoans, snails, and insects exist in an abundance of forms and in huge sizes not seen since the late 1800’s.