• 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

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RANGER III Amenities

Ranger's III front lounge

Ranger III's upper observation deck

National Park Service

The Ranger III is the largest ship owned and operated by the National Park Service and is the largest ship transporting passengers and freight to Isle Royale National Park. Crewed by nine, the Ranger III is the only Isle Royale vessel that offers two decks for passenger use, three staterooms, four lounges, a grill, handicap accessible bathroom, free mainland parking, interpretive and educational programs, and onboard issuance of backcountry permits. The ship is the only one to offer transportation for private boats between the mainland and the Island for boats up to twenty feet in length.

Ranger III's upper lounge
One of three upper deck lounges
National Park Service

Did You Know?

A dark shinning rock outcrop glistens from the rain.

The last glacier receded from this area about 10,000 years ago. As the glaciers melted, they formed a huge lake which permanently separated Isle Royale from the mainland. Today, the coolness of the big lake (Lake Superior) creates a climate in which artic plant species grow.