With numerous lakes, bays, and islands, miles of waterways await for the experienced canoeist and kayaker.
A backcountry permit is required to overnight at a campground or dock. Camping outside of campgrounds is allowed in designated locations, and requires an additional cross-country camping permit. Groups (7 or more people) must acquire a group camping permit, and camp at designated group campsites.
For parties six or fewer, there is no permit fee to camp overnight in the park. The payment of park entrances fees is required, and separate from camping. For groups (7 or more people), there is a $25 fee per permit.
Transportation & Boat Rental
Ferry transportation services are able to transport canoes and kayaks for a fee. Boat rentals are available at Windigo and Rock Harbor. Contact Isle Royale Resorts for more information.
Interior lake canoe routes and portages are on the northeast half of the island. Portages are marked with a letter "P" on a post. Portaging devices are not allowed in wilderness.
Canoes with motors are permitted in Lake Superior waters; they must have valid state registration. The use or transportation of motors through inland lakes and streams is not allowed, even when not in use.
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Last updated: March 2, 2023