Permits & Fees
Do I need a permit to anchor in the park? How do I get one?Yes, if you are staying overnight you need an overnight boater permit. Contact the Houghton Visitor Center before your trip by phone at 906-482-0984 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your permit.
Do I need a permit to camp in the park? How do I get one?Yes, if you are staying overnight you need an overnight boater permit. Contact the Houghton Visitor Center before your trip by phone at 906-482-0984 or email at email@example.com to obtain your permit.
Do I have to pay entrance fees?Yes, please pay your entrance fee or purchase a pass in advance of your trip at www.pay.gov, search Isle Royale.
What if I have an emergency? Who should I contact?
Boaters within park waters do so at their own risk. If you have an emergency, contact the US Coast Guard on marine radio channel 16.
What if there is bad weather? Can I take refuge with my boat in a safe harbor or at a dock overnight?
Boaters do so at their own risk. In an emergency situation, a boat can take refuge in park waters and contact the US Coast Guard on marine radio channel 16.
Boating Related Recreational Activities
Can I fish in park waters? What license do I need?
A Michigan fishing license is required to fish Lake Superior. A license is not required for inland lakes and streams. Youth under the age of 17 do not need a fishing license. Follow all Michigan fishing regulations.
Will I be able to buy a fishing license on the island?
Only 24-hour licenses are available on the island, and only when the Rock Harbor Trading Post and Windigo Store are open. Purchase your fishing license in advance at a sales outlet or online at https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/
Is SCUBA diving allowed?
Yes, scuba diving is allowed. Permitting for each diver is required.
Are dive buoys installed at shipwreck sites?
All buoys are planned to be installed by mid-June.
Fuel & Services
At this time, visitors bringing personal boats to Isle Royale are encouraged to bring extra gasoline. Rock Harbor Lodge has halted gas sales. Diesel is available. Contact Rock Harbor Fuel Dock for how to get gas at Mott. Windigo & Mott gas sales are limited to 50 gallons per boats.
Last updated: June 17, 2022