Entrance Fee FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


I am a private boater. How should I pay my entrance fee?
Private boaters pay entrance fees the same way as all other visitors. The Isle Royale Season Pass is typically the most cost effective method of payment. All overnight boaters need a permit, which can be obtained at the Houghton, Rock Habor, or Windigo Visitor Centers upon arrival or by contacting the Houghton Visitor Center prior to a visit.

What happens with the fee if I change my itinerary while on Isle Royale?
Campers extending their stay will be required to extend their camping permit and pay additional fees at the Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor Centers. Those that depart the island early should request a refund through pay.gov or contact the park.

Will my $80 annual pass work?
Yes, for the pass holder and up to 3 people traveling with you (4 total). All Federal Recreation Passes now work.

Will my $10 senior pass work?
Yes, for the pass holder and up to 3 people traveling with you (4 total). All Federal Recreation Passes now work.

Why discontinue the boater pass?
With the change from a user fee to an entrance fee, all Federal Lands Passes now apply, which can be used instead of the boater pass. The Isle Royale $60 Sesason Pass is an option and will cover the pass-holder and up to 3 people traveling with the pass holder.

Why did the daily fee increase from $4 to $7?
Fees at Isle Royale have not increased since 1997 while costs have increased. All fees collected at Isle Royale remain in the park. Seven dollars was a balanced increase gauged for supporting Isle Royale over the next 20 years.

Why did the Isle Royale Sesason Pass increase from $50 to $60?
The old Isle Royale season pass only covered the pass holder. The new pass will cover the pass holder and up to 3 people traveling with the pass holder.

Why change fees now?
The National Park Service (NPS) updated its fee policy in 2015; this national update was a good time for Isle Royale to conform its policies to national standards. In changing from a user fee to an entrance fee, this promotes consistency across federal lands and allows Isle Royale to accept Federal Recreation Passes.

What are the children age exemptions?
Children 15 and under are exempt from paying the entrance fee; no fee is charged.

How will children exemptions work with Federal Recreation Passes?
Children 15 and under are free. All Federal Recreation Passes will work for the pass holder and 3 additional people ages 16 and up (4 total).

The child fee exemption changed from 11 to 15 and under? Why?
The entrance fee now charged conforms to federal regulations across all federal recreational areas; children 15 and under is the standard fee exemption.

What are entrance fees used for at Isle Royale?
All fees collected at Isle Royale remain in the park and are primarily used for trail and dock maintenance projects. Check out Your Fees at Work to see what specific projects your fee dollars have helped supprt.

Last updated: January 17, 2017

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