Fees paid to Isle Royale National Park help to augment the cost of preserving and maintaining this special place. The park would not be able to provide quality services, facilities, or experiences without your financial assistance.
Fees & Passes
Fee Changes for 2017
What is an entrance fee?
The entrance fee for Isle Royale National Park applies to all park visitors, except for children 15 and under. It is a fee to enter or remain within the park charged per person per calendar day. This includes the day you arrive and the day you depart the park.
How do I pay the entrance fee?
There are several methods to pay the entrance fee:
Ranger III passengers pay their entrance fee at the time of the reservation.
If I have paid the entrance fee in advance, do I need to permit upon park arrival?
Yes. All overnight visitors on Isle Royale still need to permit at a visitor center upon arrival at Rock Habor or Windigo (Ranger III passengers permit during the boat crossing to the island). You will show proof of entrance fee payment during the permitting process.
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 $60 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 Harbor, or Windigo Visitor Centers upon arrival or by contacting the Houghton Visitor Center prior to a visit.
A number of different passes are available for purchase and issue at any park visitor center, including the Isle Royale Season Pass.
America the Beautiful Passes such as the Annual, Senior, Access, and Military are valid at Isle Royale. Learn how park passes can reduce the entrance fees you and your group pay. If you have any park pass questions, please feel free to contact the park.
The fees you pay while visiting the park stay in the park and improve and upgrade services and facilities. Every year as many projects as possible are funded and completed. Projects mostly focus on trail, campsite, and dock maintenance, but any project that improves visitor services may be considered. See what your fees have helped to fund over the last ten years.