Fees & Passes

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.

Current 2016 User Fees, Park Passes, Other Fees, Your Fees at Work


Proposed Fee Change at Isle Royale

Since 1997 Isle Royale National Park has charged a $4 per person per day user fee. In 2015 Isle Royale began the process of updating its fee program to comply with federal regulations, allow acceptance of all Federal Recreation Passes, and study changing the user fee to an entrance fee. The comment period to provide feedback for this proposed fee change closed September 30, 2016.

Current User Fee for 2016

What is the user fee?

The user fee applies to all park visitors, except for children 11 and under. The daily user fee is $4, per person, per calendar day (it includes the day you arrive and the day you depart the park). Visitors should pay this fee after their transportation reservations have been confirmed.

The Interagency Annual, Senior, or Access Passes, plus the Golden Age and Golden Access Passports, do not cover the user fee.

One hundred percent of the user fee revenue stays at Isle Royale National Park, and is devoted to fund backlogged maintenance projects, such as docks and trails.

How do I pay the user fee?

Pay user fees in advance at pay.gov. Type Isle Royale into the search block (located in the upper left corner). Scroll down to Isle Royale NP Individual Daily Pass. Select Continue to the Form (under Individual Daily Pass). Fill in your personal information, transportation arrangements, and payment information to pay. Print your receipt or electronically show your receipt using a smart phone to show proof of payment upon arrival. Pay in advance to avoid congestion and long waits upon arrival.

Ranger III passengers pay their user fee at the time of the reservation.

Do I still need to permit upon arrival at the park if I have paid the user fee in advance?

All overnight visitors on Isle Royale still need to permit at a Visitor Center upon arrival at Rock Harbor or Windigo (Ranger III passengers permit during the boat crossing to the island). You will show proof of payment for your user fee during the permitting process.

I am a private boater. How should I pay my user fees?

Private boaters can pay their user fees in advance at pay.gov (see directions above), upon arrival at the Houghton, Rock Harbor, or Windigo Visitor Centers, or by calling the Houghton Visitor Center during regular business hours at (906) 482-0984. All overnight boaters need a permit, which can be obtained at the Houghton, Rock Harbor, or Windigo Visitor Centers upon arrival or by calling the Houghton Visitor Center during regular business hours at (906) 482-0984.
Scenic Front Images of the Annual, Senior, and Access park passes.

Park Passes

A number of different passes are available for purchase and issue at any park visitor center, including the Isle Royale National Park 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 following activities within the park may require additional fees:
  • Croup camping (7-10 individuals)
  • Weddings
  • Commercial Filming or Still Photography
  • Commercial Services (tour groups, outfitters, etc)
  • Special Events
  • Any activity outside of normal park use
Employee cutting a leaning tree with a chainsaw
The fees you pay to Isle Royale go to projects like clearing downed or unsafe trees from trails.


Your Fees at Work

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


(906) 482-0984

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