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Isle Royale National Park will open most campgrounds, trails and docks on April 16

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Date: March 29, 2021
Contact: Liz Valencia, 906-369-7146

HOUGHTON, MICH –  Beginning April 16, 2021, campgrounds, trails, docks and anchorages at Isle Royale National Park will be open, with the exception of the Minong trail, North Desor campground and Little Todd campground. The National Park Service (NPS) Houghton Visitor Center will re-open to the public on April 19.  

Boater overnight camping and anchoring permits will be issued by phone, email and in person from the Houghton Visitor Center. Backcountry camping permits for seaplane and concession ferry passengers will be issued on the island upon arrival at Rock Harbor and Windigo. Passengers traveling on Ranger III will be able to get their camping permits onboard during the trip to the park. Visitors should pay entrance fees in advance at

Sharing of camping shelters with other parties is not recommended this summer in order to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Guidance for finding a campsite is available at COVID-19 Backpacking at Isle Royale FAQ and in The Greenstone newspaper. Call 906-482-0984 or email for more information. 

The temporary closure of the Minong Trail remains in effect until June 15, 2021, to assess trail and campground conditions and repair damaged areas. The closure includes: 

  • Minong Trail from the Hatchet Lake junction to the East Huginnin Trail junction,
  • North Desor Campground,  
  • Little Todd Harbor Campground is closed to backpackers. The campground is open to paddlers accessing it from Lake Superior. 

To protect the health of those who live, work and visit national parks, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the NPS implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.

At Isle Royale National Park, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities, onboard transportation services and at the Rock Harbor Lodge. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when social distancing cannot be maintained, including docks, campgrounds and ferry terminals in Houghton and on the island. You can find information about the requirement on the park website and on signs in the park.

The NPS continues to work with federal, state and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Conditions are subject to change, so visitors should check the park website and social media for details on operations and changes before visiting.



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Last updated: March 29, 2021

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