• 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 Fares and Reservations

Ranger III loading a private boat

Ranger III loading a private boat

National Park Service

The 2014 season marks 56 years of service of the Ranger III. The Ranger is the largest piece of moving equipment owned and operated by the National Park Service and the largest ferry servicing to Isle Royale National Park. The Ranger is 165 feet long, 34 feet wide, 648 ton vessel that carries 128 passengers. The ship with its crew of nine, offers interpretive and educational programs, a luncheon grill, three staterooms, four comfortable lounges, two decks and indoor/outdoor seating for passenger comfort. The Ranger offers transportation for private boats up to 20'0" in length. The ship operates out of Houghton, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Parking is free and located in secure fenced-in lots. To read instructions on making a reservation, click here. To complete the reservation form, click here.

The Ranger offers passenger service from May 27 through September 13. The ship travels from Houghton to Rock Harbor on Tuesdays and Fridays, departing Houghton at 9:00 a.m. EDT, and returns from Rock Harbor to Houghton on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing Rock Harbor at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The leisurely ride to Isle Royale takes 5 hours to Mott Island and 6 hours to Rock Harbor. To make a reservation a RANGER III reservation, please click here.

Keweenaw Waterway Cruises:
Board the Ranger III for a 2 1/2 hour tour of the mainland's scenic Keweenaw Waterway. Tours depart at 1:00 p.m. on July 17 and July 31. To make a reservation for the Keweenaw Waterway Tours, call 906-482-0984.

 

FARES ONE-WAY

LOW SEASON
Prior to 7/8 and after 8/23
Adults $53.00

HIGH SEASON
July 8 through August 23
Adults $63.00
ALL SEASON
Children (age 7-11) $23.00
Children (age 6 and under) Free
Boat (less than 18"00") 90.00
Boat (18'01" to 20'00") 140.00
Canoes/Kayaks (hand-loaded) 22.00
Canoes/Kayaks (over 20'00" or 90 lbs.) 50.00
Outboard Motor 15.00
100 lbs. gear per passenger FREE
Additional freight after 100 lbs. 9.50/100wt.

GROUP RATES (party 7 or more)
Adults $53.00
Children (age 7 - 11) 23.00

SPECIAL RATES:

Ranger III Birthday Celebration
If round-trip is taken between 6/10 and 6/21
Adult - one-way rate $31.50
Children (age 7-11) - one-way rate $11.50
Children (age 6 and under) FREE

LODGE PACKAGES
June 3 through July 2
Ranger III Passenger discount 25%
Rock Harbor Lodge with meals included discount 15%

July 4 through September 5
Ranger III Passenger discount 20%
Rock Harbor Lodge with meals included discount 10%

For reservations, contact the Rock
Harbor Lodge at 866-644-2003

KEWEENAW WATERWAY CRUISES
Board the Ranger III for a scenic tour of the Keweenaw Waterway. Tours depart at 1:00 p.m. on July 17 and July 31
Adult $20.00
Youth and Children (age 1 through 15) $5.00
Infants (under 1 year) FREE

Contact Information
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1869
(906) 482-0984
(906) 482-8753 (fax)
E-mail us by clicking here
Website: www.nps.gov/isro

Did You Know?

Backpackers hike the Greenstone Ridge trail.

Based on wilderness land area, Isle Royale’s Wilderness is the most densely used of all of the National Parks.