Coronavirus Details

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Isle Royale National Park

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Michigan, and local public health authorities, Isle Royale is increasing recreational access to the park. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Welcome to Isle Royale During COVID-19

  • Wilderness is not immune to COVID-19.
  • Keep a conservative trip plan. Emergency response/departure options are limited.
  • Be self-sufficient. Bring more than you need in case of unexpected delays.
  • Bring toilet paper. Outhouses will not be stocked.
  • Social distance from those not in your party.
  • Practice backcountry hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Use soap at least 50 steps away from any water source.
  • Pay your fees before you arrive. Bring a receipt for proof of purchase.


When there is low or moderate transmission rate of COVID-19, masks are not required in Isle Royale buildings or aboard Ranger III. If the transmission rate increases to high, masks will be required.

COVID-19 Isle Royale Press Releases

Transportation During COVID-19

Recreating During COVID-19

Impact on NPS Facilities and Services

Visitors can be assured that facilities and service providers in national parks 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.


Last updated: September 13, 2023

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