Compendium Public Use Limits

B. Supertintendent's Compendium

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service (NPS), within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Written determinations that explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in Section IV of this document.

Signed June 30, 2017 by Superintendent Phyllis Green
 

Compendium Public Use Limits Organization

I. 36 CFR §1.5 – Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, and Area Designations for Specific Use or Activities

(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park; and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:

(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:

 

I. 36 CFR §1.5 – Visiting Hours, Public Use Limits, Closures, and Area Designations for Specific Use or Activities


(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park; and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:

Visiting Hours

  • All islands, including the main island of Isle Royale National Park, are closed to public use from November 1 – April 15.
  • Portions of park docks may be closed to public mooring for the following periods of time, or as posted, to accommodate concessions and park operations.
    • The following docks are closed to accommodate passenger ferry operations according to the following schedule. Times are listed in eastern daylight time (EDT).
Daisy Farm Tues/Thurs/Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Chippewa Harbor Tues/Thurs/Sun 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Malone Bay Tues/Thurs/Sun 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
McCargoe Cove Mon/Wed/Sat 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Belle Isle Mon/Wed/Sat 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Windigo - Northwest Mon/Wed/Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Windigo - southwest Daily 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • The following docks are closed to accommodate the Rock Harbor Lodge tour boat M.V. Sandy according to the following schedule. Times are listed in EDT.
Passage Island Mon/Fri 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hidden Lake Tues/Thurs 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Edisen Fishery Tues 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thurs 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Raspberry Island Tues/Fri 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 

Visiting Hours

  • The following docks are open for day use only from 6 am until 10 pm EDT:
    • Amygdaloid Island (except for residents or invited guests of residents)
    • Crystal Cove
    • Edisen Fishery
    • Hidden Lake
    • Mott Island (except for residents or invited guests of residents)
    • Passage Island
    • Raspberry Island
    • Wright Island
    • Any NPS or concession fuel dispensing dock
    • Any other dock posted as closed to overnight use

● The following docks are closed to public use.

  • America Dock in Rock Harbor

  • Malone Bay Dock – North side
  • Ranger III Dock at Mott Island
  • Ranger III Dock in Rock Harbor
  • Any other dock posted as closed to public entry
  • Shipwreck America is closed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EST between June 1 and Labor Day.
 

Boating & Aircraft

  • (1) All inland lakes and streams are closed to the use or possession of motorized vessels and aircraft.
  • (2) All vessels (including non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks), motors, and trailers transported to the park via the Ranger III (or other vessels) must be decontaminated prior to being loaded at the Houghton dock. “Decontamination” can be accomplished by any of the following:
    • Clean and dry watercraft, and/or all associated gear and equipment so they are dry and free of any vegetation, animals, and mud, and that the bilges, live wells, and other compartments are also clean, dry, and free of all organic material. A minimum of 5 days of drying before loading is required.
    • Wash the vessel, bilge, and equipment with hot (>104º F) and/or high pressure water.
    • Wash the vessel, bilge, and equipment with disinfectant.
  • (3) All aircraft and vessels (including non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks), motors, and trailers visiting or transiting within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park must be decontaminated prior to entering the waters of the park (which extend for 4.5 miles from Isle Royale and the outer islands, including Passage Island, or to the international boundary). “Decontamination” can be accomplished by any of the following:
    • Clean and dry the watercraft and/or all associated gear and equipment the vessel must be dry and free of any vegetation, animals, and mud, and that the bilges, live wells, and other compartments must be clean, dry, and free of all organic material. A minimum of 5 days of drying is required before loading.
    • Wash the vessel, bilge, and equipment with hot (>104º F) and/or high pressure water.
    • Wash the vessel, bilge, and equipment with disinfectant.
  • (4) If the vessel is large and not trailerable, or below the water line is not visible, the vessel owner/operator shall inspect the vessel hull, outdrive, trim tabs, and motors for attached Aquatic Invasive Species prior to entering Isle Royale National Park waters. All vessels, regardless of size or configuration, are subject to inspection for Aquatic Invasive Species at the island. Vessel owners are responsible for Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination prior to entering park waters.
  • (5) The Chickenbone Lake outlet, an unnamed stream between Chickenbone Lake and McCargoe Cove, is closed to all vessels including paddle craft.
 

Boating & Aircraft

  • Use of electronic devices, generators, and other mechanical devices within Isle Royale National Park.
    • The operation of electronic and motorized devices, including, but not limited to stereos, televisions, radios tuned to commercial stations, and portable generators, is prohibited within the following zones established by the park’s GMP/FEIS: Frontcountry Zone, Wilderness Portal Zone, Backcountry Zone, Primitive Zone, Pristine Zone, and Quiet/No Wake Zone. These zones include approximately 99 percent of the terrestrial land area of the park. The use of marine band radios and other emergency communication devices is allowed within these zones consistent with the requirements of 36 CFR 2.10(a)(4) Camping and Food Storage, 36 CFR 2.12 Audio Devices, and 36 CFR 2.34 Disorderly Conduct.
    • The use of electronic devices such as stereos, televisions, and radios tuned to commercial stations is allowed within the Developed Zones (Windigo, Rock Harbor, and Mott Island) and the Lake Superior Open Water Motorized Zone, subject to the requirements of 36 CFR 2.10(a)(4), 2.12, and 2.34. Park employees and life-leasees, whose residences are located within Quiet/No Wake Zones, may operate electronic devices if the noise associated with such devices is kept low enough that it cannot be heard outside the immediate vicinity of the residence.

Determination in Boating & Aircraft: See Section IV, note 2.

 

Boating & Aircraft

  • Use of permanently installed on-board vessel generators.
    • Operation or use of a permanently installed on-board vessel generator is prohibited at public docks at the following locations:
      • Birch Island
      • Chippewa Harbor
      • Daisy Farm
      • Duncan Narrows
      • Duncan Bay
      • McCargoe Cove
      • Merritt Lane
      • Moskey Basin
      • Three Mile
      • Todd Harbor
      • Tookers Island
      • Siskiwit Bay
    • Operation or use of a permanently installed (by the boat manufacturer) on-board vessel generator is allowed at all other boat docks otherwise open and available for public camping or overnight use, subject to the requirements of 36 CFR 2.10(a)(4), 2.12, and 2.34.
    • Operation or use of a permanently installed on-board vessel generator is allowed by vessels at anchor within Quiet/No Wake Zones except when anchored within 1/4 mile of a designated park campground (see Boating and Water Use Activities, Section 3.6 – Prohibited Operations).
 

Boating & Aircraft

  • For overnight dock use see camping conditions in Section 2.10 of this compendium.
  • State regulations apply unless otherwise specified.
  • Fishing on Lake Superior waters (Determination number 4).
    • Transporting fish or fish parts for use as bait to the park is prohibited.
    • The possession or use of fish as bait within the Lake Superior waters of the park is limited to:
    • Only those fish and or fish parts taken from fish that are caught using lawful fishing methods within Isle Royale National Park waters may be used during a current visit. Use during subsequent visits is prohibited.
    • Brook trout (Determination number 5).
    • Daily Catch and Possession Limit:
    • Catch and release only; no possession allowed.
 

Boating & Aircraft

  • Fishing the inland lakes, streams, and rivers of Isle Royale.
    • Method of take; all species:
      • Live, dead, or preserved bait or organic food may not be used or possessed at any time.
      • Only barbless hooks may be used.
      • Artificial lures only may be used. “Artificial lure” means any lure that is man-made, an imitation of or as a substitute for natural bait, used to attract fish for the purpose of taking them, and includes artificial flies.
    • Brook trout (Determination number 5). It shall be unlawful to take brook trout in any manner from Hidden Lake, or the streams, rivers, and creeks of Isle Royale National Park that are tributaries of Lake Superior, except as “catch and release” and with the following restrictions:
      • Season:
        • Last Saturday in April through Labor Day.
      • Size Limit:
        • Catch and release only; no size limit.
      • Daily Catch and Possession Limit:
        • Catch and release only; no possession allowed.
    • Rainbow trout (Determination number 6) may be taken in the streams, rivers, and creeks of Isle Royale National Park that are tributaries of Lake Superior with the following restrictions:
      • Season:
        • Last Saturday in April through Labor Day.
      • Size Limits:
        • Minimum size is 7 inches.
      • Daily Catch and Possession Limits:
        • Five fish.
    • Lake trout in Siskiwit Lake (Determination number 7) may be taken with the following restrictions:
      • Season:
        • April 16 through October 31.
      • Size Limits:
        • Minimum size is 15 inches.
      • Daily Catch and Possession Limits:
        • Three fish.
    • Northern pike (Determination number 8). It shall be unlawful to possess northern pike from any interior lakes within Isle Royale National Park that are greater than 30 inches in length.
      • Season:
        • May 15 through October 31.
      • Size Limits:
        • No Minimum size; maximum size is 30 inches.
      • Daily Catch and Possession Limits:
        • Five in combination with walleye, but no more than two northern pike.
      • Lake Herring (cisco) and Lake Whitefish, Coregonus sp. (Determination number 9). It shall be unlawful to take cisco or whitefish in any manner from inland lakes within Isle Royale National Park, except as “catch and release” and with the following restrictions.
        • Season:
          • April 16 through October 31.
        • Size Limits:
          • Catch and release only; no size limit.
        • Daily Catch and Possession Limits:
          • Catch and release only; no possession allowed.
 

Diving

  • The following areas are closed to diving use:
    • Passage Island Cove.
    • Inland lakes.
    • Shipwreck America between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon EST, between June 15 and Labor Day.
  • Wreck mooring buoys.
    • Shipwreck buoys are to be used only by divers with a valid permit during actual dive operations.
    • No more than two vessels are to be moored at any one time.
    • Overnight mooring on buoys is not allowed.
  • All SCUBA diving equipment (Determination number 10), regardless of dive locations prior to arriving at the park, must be decontaminated and clear of aquatic nuisance species before diving in the waters of Isle Royale National Park. This can be accomplished by the following:
    • Soak all dive equipment in a chlorine solution of ½ ounce bleach per gallon of hot (>104º F) water for 10 minutes and then rinse with tap water, OR
    • Allow dive equipment to dry thoroughly for at least 14 days ensuring that all interior and exterior surfaces and parts, including, but not limited to the internal BCD bladder, inside inflator and regulators, and pockets or hard to dry areas of exposure suits, are completely dry.

Determination in Diving: See Section IV, note 10

 

General

  • Use of motorized or non-motorized, wheeled vehicles such as bicycles, tricycles, “deer carriers,” boat/canoe portaging devices, and wagons are prohibited in all areas, except for:
    • Tricycles, bicycles, and similar devices in the immediate employee housing area of Windigo and the developed area of Mott Island. Employees and their families (children must be accompanied by an adult) may ride bicycles, tricycles, or similar devices in the developed area of Rock Harbor from April 16th to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and from the Tuesday after Labor Day to October 31st.
  • Camping conditions are identified in Section 2.10 of this compendium.
  • Transportation, importation, and/or possession of firewood obtained (Determination number 11) from sources outside of Isle Royale National Park are prohibited.

Firewood Determination: See Section IV, note 11.

 

Closures

  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Determination: See Section IV, note 22

 

(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:

Compressors

The use or operation of a portable or permanently installed on-board compressor to fill SCUBA diving tanks is prohibited at all times and locations within the park except as provided below.

  • A portable or permanently installed on-board compressor may be operated as follows:
    • While underway in the Lake Superior Open Water Motorized Zone.
    • When moored at any shipwreck mooring buoy within the park, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.
    • At the Windigo and Snug Harbor public docks between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.
    • The far west end of Florence Bay, Glenfiddick Bay (west and north of Duncan Bay), and the unnamed southwestern arm of Five Finger Bay (lying between Stockly Bay and Duncan Bay), between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

Determination: See Section IV, note 14

Camping

  • Please refer to Section 2.10 for detailed camping area designations.

Public Assemblies, Meetings

  • Please refer to Section 2.51 for detailed public assembly area designations.

Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter

  • Please refer to Section 2.52 for detailed area designations for the distribution of printed matter.
 

Quiet/No Wake Zones

  • Operating a vessel in excess of 5 mph or creating a wake in areas so designated is prohibited.
    • Establishment of Quiet/No Wake Zones. The following Quiet/No Wake Zones are designated within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park:
      • Barnum/Washington Islands: the sheltered waters bordered on the North by Barnum Island, on the west and south by Washington Island, and on the east by Booth Island.
      • Chippewa Harbor: all of Chippewa Harbor beginning at the small, unnamed island of rock located at the narrow entrance to the harbor.
      • Conglomerate Bay: all of Conglomerate Bay.
      • Crystal Cove: all of Crystal Cove on the northeast end of Amygdaloid Island.
      • Hay Bay: beginning at a point 1/8 mile northeast of the Hay Bay Campground and dock, thence southwesterly to the end of the bay.
      • Duncan Bay: all of Duncan Bay, including side bays, beginning at the Duncan Bay Narrows.
      • Five Finger Bay (including Stockly Bay): all waters within these two bays located south of a line running from Hill Point, thence northeasterly on a straight line through Battleship Island to the main island of Isle Royale.
      • Johns Island: the entire small cove located on the northeast side of the island.
      • Lane Cove: all of Lane Cove.
      • Lorelei Lane: the narrow waterway beginning at the northeast end of Mott Island, thence northeasterly to Smithwick Channel. This designated zone is bordered on the south by a line of named and unnamed islands including (from southwest to northeast) Outer Hill, Mad, and Heron islands. The zone is bordered on the north by Inner Hill, Star, Davidson, Tookers, Shaw, and Smithwick islands.
      • Malone Bay: that portion of Malone Bay bordered on the east and south by Hat, Ross, and Malone islands, thence northwesterly to the point of land adjacent to the Malone Bay dock, thence northeasterly along the shoreline back to Hat Island.
      • McCargoe Cove (including Brady Cove): all of McCargoe Cove, beginning at Indian Point at the mouth of McCargoe Cove.
      • Merritt Lane: all of Merritt Lane, beginning at Red Rock Point near the southwest end of Porter Island, thence northeasterly to a point 1/8 mile northeast of the Merritt Lane Campground dock, and including all waters bounded by Porter Island on the west, Long Island, and Third islands on the south, and Elizabeth and Merritt islands on the east.
      • Moskey Basin: beginning at Baker Point and including all of Moskey Basin.
      • Passage Island: all of the Small Boat Cove on the south side of Passage Island.
      • Robinson Bay, Pickerel Cove, and Belle Harbor Area: all of the named waters. The coastline of Belle Isle (south shore) and the main island (Isle Royale) define the north, west, and south perimeters of the zone. The eastern perimeter begins at the northeast end of Belle Isle, thence southeast to the southwest end of Cork Island, thence northeasterly to the southwest end of Dean Island, thence northeast along the south shore of Dean Island to the northeast end of the island, and finally on a direct line to Hill Point.
      • Tobin Harbor: the western half of Tobin Harbor, beginning at a line connecting Moose Point on the south and the Duncan Bay Portage Trail on the north, thence southwesterly to the west end of the harbor.
      • Todd Harbor: beginning at Kamloops Point, thence following the coastline southwesterly around the perimeter of the harbor to Wilson Point, thence northeasterly on a direct line back to Kamloops Point.
      • Wright Island: the sheltered cove adjacent to the historic Wright Island Fishery located on the southwest side of Wright Island.

Determination: See Section IV, note 15

 

Discharge of Ballast Water

  • The discharge of any untreated ballast water that comes from outside of park waters is prohibited within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park.
    • The boundaries include those waters within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States within 4.5 miles of the shore of Isle Royale and immediately surrounding islands, including Passage Island, Gull Islands, and international boundary.
    • Untreated ballast water is defined as ballast water that is not treated by one or more of the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality treatment methods. The following ballast water treatment methods are acceptable: 1) hypochlorite treatment; 2) deoxygenation treatment, 3) chlorine dioxide treatment; and 4) ultra violet light radiation treatment preceded by suspended solids removal. Requirements for each of these treatment techniques can be found within the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Ballast Water Control General Permit, Port Operations and Ballast Water discharge, Permit No. MIG140000.

Determination: See Section IV, note 16

Last updated: September 14, 2017

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