RANGER III - General Information
National Park Service
Welcome aboard the Ranger III, one of the most unique ships to sail the Great Lakes. Unlike other Isle Royale ferry services, the Ranger III was designed by the National Park Service specifically to bridge the gap between the mainland and the Island. It was built to withstand the Lake's fierce storms and its ice breaking capabilities assist in opening the park in the spring. An experienced nine-member crew take great pride in not only maintaining the vessel, but in serving its passengers. The Ranger III's Captain, Bill Hanrahan, a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, has over 30 years of experience.
So why not start your own Isle Royale adventure and make a reservation by using the following form. Welcome aboard!
Did You Know?
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.