Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Isle Royale National Park
Houghton Visitor Center is Closed
As of March 18, 2020, following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the Houghton Headquartesr & Visitor Center is temporarily closed to non-essential visitors. This closure will be evaluated daily as conditions evolve. To speak directly with a park ranger regarding Isle Royale trip planning, ferry reservations, or any other park related matter, between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, call (906) 482-0984.
Isle Royale National Park, in response to guidance from the state of Michigan and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, is announcing a delay in the opening date of the park to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The opening date of the park will be changed from April 16 to June 15, 2020. During this delayed opening, Isle Royale and its surrounding islands are closed to all visitors. All visitor facilities, including visitor centers, campgrounds and docks, will be closed to visitors until June 15 with no services until the opening date. Lake Superior waters are open to boaters.
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 www.nps.gov/coronavirus 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.