Cross country zones 10, 9A, 8A, 12A, and 11A are currently closed. Closures will remain in effect until damage from the 2021 Horne Fire and the 2022 Mount Franklin Fire can be assessed. Check current conditions for the most up to date information.
Cross-country camping is camping outside of designated campgrounds at Isle Royale National Park. Cross-country camping is intended for those seeking a higher level of solitude, adventure, self-sufficiency, and low impact camping in a wilderness setting. Cross-country camping is not intended for overflow camping or to shorten travel between campsites, and is recommended for experienced backpackers or paddlers who are familiar with Isle Royale. The terrain is rough, there are many swamps, and the vegetation is thick. Day hiking off-trail may be a preferred alternative for those who have not cross-country camped before. A map of the park, a compass with knowledge on how to use it, and selecting a low-impact site early in the day are essential.
Cross-country campers are required to follow special, additional regulations designed to protect the park's wilderness resources and visitor experiences. The cross-country camping permit is an additional permit that is issued upon arrival to the park or on board the park vessel, Ranger III.
All trip participants should practice Leave No Trace ethics and must understand and observe the following regulations.
Cross-country Camping Regulations
Complete fishing regulations are listed in the most current park newspaper.
Last updated: September 12, 2023