Your Invitation to a Superior Wilderness

Explore a rugged, isolated island far from our connected communities. Isle Royale offers adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, paddlers, and divers. Cross Lake Superior and make a commitment: Become a part of this island, and let it become a part of you. Find peace and refuge in island wilderness – because Isle Royale, in turn, finds refuge in us. Help Isle Royale stay wild.

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Begin a lifelong journey when you cross Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and arrive at Isle Royale National Park.

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Visiting Isle Royale in Spring

Learn what to expect while visiting Isle Royale in the spring.

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Read The Greenstone

The Greenstone park newspaper is your trip planning one stop shop.

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RANGER III Reservations

Reserve seats aboard RANGER III.

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How to Travel to Isle Royale

Multiple ferries and a seaplane service transport visitors to the park.

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Where to Stay

Find your home in the island wilderness.

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Entrance Fees and Passes

Learn the basics about Isle Royale fees and passes.

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Overnight Camping & Backpacking Permits

Small-party permits are for those camping overnight in the park with 6 or fewer people (excluding boaters, see below)

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Daytripper and Lodge Guest Orientation

Help Isle Royale Stay Wild by following these best practices for your day trip or lodge visit.

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Backpacker Orientation

Help Isle Royale Stay Wild by following these best practices for your wilderness backpacking experience.

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Boater Orientation

Help Isle Royale Stay Wild by following these best practices for your boating trip.

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Paddler Orientation

Help Isle Royale Stay Wild by following these best practices for your kayaking or canoeing trip.

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First Timer Guide

Start planning your trip.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone:

906 482-0984

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