Current Conditions at Isle Royale
5/30/23: Weather is warm and sunny during the day, with cold mornings and evenings. Trails are very dry, with the exception of locations where significant beaver activity has caused flooding. Pack waterproof footwear and layers for a wide range of weather and temperature conditions. Trail crews are working to clear trails of downed trees across the island. However, obstructions still exist on trails and in campgrounds. Check out the Spring Visit Guide to help prepare for your trip.
The Mount Franklin Fire is now 100% contained. All effected trails, campgrounds, and docks are open. Effected cross country camping zones remain closed. Hazards may still exist. If hiking through the burn area, stay on the trail for your safety. Rock cairns are in place on the Mount Franklin Trail to guide hikers through the burn area. Review the Mt Franklin Fire main page and the Mt Franklin Fire FAQ for more information.
- Cross-Country Camping Zones: 11A, 12A
- Your safety is your responsibility. Have a conservative trip plan, plan your gear with conditions in mind, be first aid ready, and have plans on what you might do in case something goes wrong. Self-rescue is the best rescue as park response is limited and help could be hours or days away. Services are limited during the fall season. Come prepared with everything you may need.
- Masks are recommended, not required in federal park facilities.
Check out the most up-to-date Covid-19 details.
Alerts & Closures
- The Rock Harbor Lighthouse Tower is closed. The museum is open.
- Cross-country camping zones 10, 9A, 8A, 12A, and 11A are closed due to the 2021 Horne Fire and the 2022 Mount Franklin Fire.
- Potable Water:
- Windigo: Available at the spigot near the flagpole in downtown Windigo and at Washington Creek Campground.
- Rock Harbor: Available at the spigot behind the Trading Post and at Rock Harbor campground.
- Windigo: Open.
- Rock Harbor: Open.
- Bring toilet paper for use in outhouses.
- Visitor Centers Hours
- Rock Harbor Lodge:
- Open for partial service. Full service opening 6/6.
- Windigo Store:
- Full service opening 6/6.
Questions about transportation services and making reservations for 2023 may be directed toward respective providers.
- 5/30/23: Campgrounds are very dry, with the exception of locations where significant beaver activity has caused flooding. Downed trees may obstruct campsites. Check for hazard trees before choosing a campsite.
- Stay Night Limits: Stay limits take effect 6/1.
- 5/30/23: Trails are very dry, with the exception of locations where significant beaver activity has caused flooding. Winter moose browse has left trees and shrubs stubby and pointy - wear long pants. Trail crews are working to clear trails of downed trees across the island. However, obstructions still exist on trails and in campgrounds.
- Trail Navigation: Expect slow hiking conditions due to downed trees and obstructions. Beaver activity changes hydrology causing water-logged trails or blockages that must be navigated around. Bring hiking poles to assist with difficult sections and wear sturdy, well-broken-in footwear. Have a map and compass and know how to use them.
- 5/30/23: Weather is warm and sunny during the day, with cold mornings and evenings. Pack waterproof footwear and layers for a wide range of weather and temperature conditions.
- Water is Life: Stay Hydrated
- Recreational Forecast: Get the latest recreational weather forecast for Isle Royale National Park.
- Marine Forecast: Check out the Marine Forecast.
- No algal blooms reported at this time.
- Cow Moose with Calves: Cow moose are extremely protective of their calves. If you see a cow moose (no antlers), look to see if there is a calf around. If a cow moose were to approach, protect yourself by putting a large tree or rock between you and the moose.
- Loons: Loons are nesting. Loons are sensitive to human activity. If you see a loon on land, give it plenty of space. A loon may abandon its nest if disturbed.
- Wolves: If you see a wolf, do not approach. If the wolf comes closer, encourage it to leave by clapping and yelling. If you cannot safely leave, make yourself big and aggressively use hiking poles or branches. Wolf attacks are extremely rare and unlikely to happen, but if it does, fight by any means necessary.
Check if dive buoys are currently on or off station.
The following navigational buoys have not yet been installed:
- Five Foot Reef
- Malone Bay
- Cumberland Reef
- All visitors intending to arrive at Isle Royale from Canada are encouraged to use the CBP ROAM App to clear customs.
- Customs services will not be available on-island until early to mid June.