Boaters who are in the park for one day, and who do not overnight, do not need a permit. However, for safety, we do encourage day boaters to receive a free day permit through any visitor center.
Isle Royale National Park requires a backcountry/camping permit for all boaters who stay overnight in the campgrounds, at dock, or at anchor. Boaters who are not entering Isle Royale National Park through Houghton, Rock Harbor, or Windigo have the option of requesting a permit prior to their arrival in the park.
Fees & Passes
How to Permit in Advance
Useful Boater Resources
Additional Boater Information
Visit the boating page for additional information, rules, and regulations, for boaters in the park.