Fees & Passes

User Fee

As of 2015, Isle Royale Queen IV, Voyageur II, Seahunter III, and Isle Royale Seaplanes will no longer collect user fees. Visitors using these services should pay in advance to avoid congestion and long waits upon arrival. Ranger III passengers pay the user fee when they make their reservation. Bring your receipt to the park for proof of payment upon arrival.

All overnight visitors on Isle Royale still need to permit at a Ranger Station upon arrival. Private boaters have the option of advanced permitting through the Houghton Visitor Center at (906) 482-0984.


The User Fee applies to all park visitors, except for children 11 and under. The daily User Fee is $4 per person, per day.The daily fee includes the day you arrive and the day you depart. Visitors are required to pay this fee after their transportation reservations have been confirmed.


New for 2015: Pay user fees in advance at pay.gov. Type Isle Royale in the search block to find the Isle Royale NP Individual Daily Pass form. Bring your receipt as proof of payment to show upon arrival in the park.


Private Boaters can pay their user fees at the visitor centers at Rock Harbor, Windigo or Houghton or by calling (906) 482-0984 during business hours. The Interagency Annual, Senior, and Access Passes, plus the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports do not discount the user fee.


One hundred percent of the User Fee revenue stays at Isle Royale National Park, and is devoted to fund backlogged maintenance projects, such as docks and trails.


Park Passes


Individual Season Pass, $50 (Optional)
This pass is valid from April 16 through October 31 of the year indicated. The pass covers the User Fee for the person whose signature appears on the pass. Non-refundable and non-transferable.


Season Boat Rider Pass, $150 (Optional)
This pass is valid from April 16 through October 31 of the year indicated. The pass covers the User Fee for all persons onboard, when affixed to the private boat (charters excluded). When camping, the pass is only valid for passengers included in and following the itinerary of the vessel. Non-refundable and non-transferable.


Other Fees


Commercial Groups
Organizations that charge trip participants a fee or compensate members or trip leaders in anyway are commercial groups. This applies to both "non-profit" and "for-profit" groups and organizations. Non-profit groups such at camps, schools, universities, etc... are required to obtain a Special Use Permit. The annual fee for a Special Use Permit is $50.


Commercial groups such as "for-profit" camps, outfitters, tour groups and any operation providing goods, activities, or service to the general public within the park and which is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization.
There is a $200 annual fee required for a Commercial Use Authorization.


Both Special Use Permits and Commercial Use Authorizations require liability insurance.


Commercial Filming/Still Photography
All commercial filming or commercial still photography requires a permit and associated fees.


Wedding Application
A non-refundable $50.00 application fee must be included with your application. After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and mailed to you for signature. At that time, a non-refundable permit fee of $100.00 must be remitted with your signed permit. An additional charge of $50.00 per hour will be incurred for a National Park Service event monitor for those outdoor activities if needed, excluding those using Forever Resorts facilities. For additional information please call (906) 482-0984.


Interagency Pass Program


The Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, and the Interagency Access Pass along with the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports provide no discounts at Isle Royale National Park. As a convenience to the traveling public, the Interagency Passes are only sold through the Houghton Visitor Center in Houghton, Michigan.

Interagency Annual Pass, $80
The Interagency Annual Pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. It also covers use of Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation and the Forest Service sites that charge a Standard Amenity Fee.

The pass belongs to the signer/s only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Any two individuals may sign the pass regardless of their relationship to one another. The pass admits the pass holder/s and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, and pass holder and up to three persons, not to exceed four persons (16 and older) at per person fee areas. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Interagency Senior Pass, $10
The Interagency Senior Pass may be purchased by US Citizens or permanent residents of the US that are 62 years of age or older. The pass may only be purchased in person. The pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. IT also covers use of Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation, and Forest Service sites that charge a Standard Amenity Fee. It may provide a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping and guided tours.

The pass has only one signature line and must be signed at time of purchase. The pass belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. The pass admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, and pass holder and up to three persons, not to exceed four persons (16 and older) at per person fee areas. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

Interagency Access Pass, Free
The Interagency Access Pass may be obtained free of charge by US Citizens or permanent residents of the US, regardless of age, that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. The pass may only be obtained in person. The pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. It also cover use of Bureau of Land Management, Reclamation, and Forest Service sites that charge a Standard Amenity Fee. It may provide a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping and guided tours.

The pass has only one signature line and must be signed at the time it is issued. If the visitor is unable to sign the pass themselves a parent or guardian may sign it for them. The pass belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. There is no age requirement of the pass holder. The pass admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, and pass holder and up to three person, not to exceed four persons (16 and older) at per person fee areas. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge. To verify proof of residency the visitor may show a driver's license, passport, or birth certificate. The applicant must also present documentation of permanent disability. If the applicant cannot produce this, s/he must read and sign the Statement of Disability Form in the presence of the staff member issuing the pass.


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