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Isle Royale National Park Begins to Implement Phased Opening

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Date: June 9, 2020
Contact: Liz Valencia, 906-369-7146

HOUGHTON, MI – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Safe Start plan, and local public health authorities, Isle Royale is increasing boat access to the park. 

Beginning June 10, 2020, overnight anchoring for boats will be allowed in the Lake Superior waters of the park.  Boaters need to get an anchoring permit in advance from the Houghton visitor center by calling 906-482-0984 or emailing  Please pay entrance fees in advance at

All park facilities (docks, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, shelters, outhouses) remain closed at this time.  Details on further opening of the park, tentatively scheduled for late June, will be issued in an upcoming press release. 

When recreating, the public should follow state and local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Updates on Isle Royale National Park opening will be posted on Updates about NPS operations will be posted on



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Last updated: August 10, 2020

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