Island Conditions as of 5/20/13
Small patches of snow remain on the south-facing slopes. Expect snow on north-facing slopes and places where the sun will not reach (valleys, ravines, and deep woods). Conditions are changing, but as the snow disappears, standing water will be common. More »
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?
Isle Royale was designated as a Biosphere Reserve on February 17, 1981. It is part of a program designed to protect examples of the different ecosystems of the world and to encourage research. It was chosen for its unspoiled nature and represents the northern lake forest biome.