Alerts & Conditions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Isle Royale National Park

All Visitor Centers Are Closed

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of Michigan, all visitors centers aer closed until further notice. This closure will be evaluated daily as conditions evolve. To speak directly with a park ranger regarding any park related matter, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, call (906) 482-0984.

Impact on Isle Royale National Park Summer 2020 Island Visitation:
Delayed Island Opening Until Further Notice

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of Michigan, Isle Royale National Park is delaying its seasonal opening until further notice. In addition, the Ranger III, Voyageur II, Sea Hunter III, and Isle Royale Queen IV will not provide visitor ferry transportation this summer. Rock Harbor Lodge, including overnight lodging, dining, marina services, gift shops and stores, will remain closed for the season.

As the NPS develops its phased opening approach, we will evaluate providing access to the park in late June/early July. Isle Royale Seaplanes plans to operate if the park opens and if social distancing and state restrictions allow.

Impact on NPS Facilities and Services

Visitors can be assured that facilities and services in national parks, including lodges, restaurants, and shuttles, continue to monitor conditions and maintain high standards related to the health and wellness of staff and visitors. Park and concession staff are working to maintain clean and healthy facilities in parks in accordance with CDC guidance.

Visit for updated NPS wide Coronavirus impacts and recommendations.

CDC Coronavirus Precautions

Following CDC guidance, NPS Public Health Service Officers recommend that everyone should take the following routine precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.

  • In the office, keep 6 feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.

  • Use virtual tools instead of holding in-person meetings.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Most important, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

Read the most up-to-date COVID-19 information on the CDC website.


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    Last updated: May 21, 2020

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