As an archipelago with over 400 islands, Isle Royale National Park is an exciting place to embark upon a boating adventure. Powerboaters and sailboaters alike have numerous docks and countless anchorages in which to find their own wilderness.
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Boating Guide

All the information you need to keep you safe and legal while visiting Isle Royale in your boat.

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Gasoline, diesel and pump-out services are available in Rock Harbor and Windigo during business hours.

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Boater Permit Request

You can request a permit in advance using an online form.

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Any vessel arriving from Canada must clear US Customs at the Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor Center during business hours.

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Enjoy fishing the waters of Lake Superior and the island's numerous inland lakes and streams.

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Boating Safety

Be prepared for any Lake Superior challenge.

Last updated: October 10, 2019

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Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


(906) 482-0984

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