Fees & Passes

 
 

Entrance Fee Basics

 

  • Isle Royale National Park charges a $7 per person daily entrance fee to enter or remain within the park per calendar day.
  • This includes the day you arrive and the day you depart the park.
  • Children 15 and under are exempt from daily entrance fees.

If your daily entrance fee costs exceed $60, or you're taking more than one trip to Isle Royale in a given season, consider the Isle Royale Season Pass. 

  • The Isle Royale Season Pass costs $60.
  • With the Isle Royale Season Pass, entrance fees for up to 3 adults (16 and up) traveling with the pass holder (4 total) for all visits during the park season (April 16 through October 31) will be waived.

If you are traveling to more than one National Park or federal lands in the following twelve months, consider a Federal Lands Pass. 

  • Federal Lands Passes (annual, military, veteran, senior, access, and volunteer) are accepted at Isle Royale.
  • With a Federal Lands Pass, daily entrance fees will be waived for the pass holder and up to 3 adults (16 and up) traveling with the pass holder (4 total).
 

Paying Your Fees

  • Pay entrance fees online before coming to Isle Royale National Park to avoid wait times on-island.
  • If not paid in advance, entrance fees can be processed at the Rock Harbor, Windigo, or Houghton visitor centers. Fee payments can only be made during the following fee collection hours.
 

What If I Forgot My Pass?

To waive entrance fees with a Federal Lands Pass or Isle Royale Season Pass, said pass must be presented on-island.

  • Forgotten passes cannot be looked up.
  • If you forget to bring your pass with you, entrance fee payment will be required upon arrival to Isle Royale.
 

Passes and Payment

 

Other Fee Information

 

Trip Planning

 
Plan Your Visit

Key Information

  1. Get an entrance pass

    All visitors must have one of these entrance passes:

    Pass Price
    Standard Pass $7.00
    Annual Pass $60.00
    America the Beautiful Pass (includes Senior Passes) FREE–$80.00

    Help me choose an entrance pass

Choosing an Entrance Pass

Do you have or qualify for a discounted America the Beautiful Pass?

If you already have an America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, that's the only entrance pass you need. Seniors, military, visitors with a permanent disability, and families with a 4th grader are eligible for a free or discounted America the Beautiful pass.

America the Beautiful Pass

How often do you plan to visit national parks in the next 12 months?

If you don't qualify for a discounted America the Beautiful pass, we recommend choosing an entrance pass based on your trip plans.

I'm visiting... We recommend
This park, once Standard Pass
This park, multiple times Annual Pass
More than one national park or federal recreation site America the Beautiful Pass

Entrance Passes

Standard Entrance Pass

$7.00

Daily Entrance Fees: $7 per person per day to enter or remain in the park. Children 15 and younger are exempt.

$7 per person per day to enter or remain in Isle Royale National Park. Children 15 and younger are exempt. Visiting Park Headquarters in Houghton, MI does not require a fee.

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Rock Harbor Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • Windigo Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • Houghton Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

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Annual Entrance - Park

$60.00
Isle Royale Season Pass: $60 valid from April 16 through October 31 of the year indicated. Pass covers fees for the pass holder and up to three adults traveling with the pass holder (four total).

In-person Purchase Locations

  • Rock Harbor Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • Windigo Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

  • Houghton Visitor Center

    Credit/Debit Only

America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

A stack of all six versions of the America the Beautiful Pass

Covers entrance fees and standard amenity (day-use) fees at lands managed by

  • National Park Service
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Army of Corps of Engineers

Depending on the type of entrance fee charged at a site, covers
One private vehicle fee
or
Four per person fees

Type Available to Price
Annual Pass Everyone $80.00
Annual Senior Pass US citizens and permanent residents 62+ years old $20.00
Lifetime Senior Pass US citizens and permanent residents 62+ years old $80.00
Annual Military Pass Current US military and dependents Free
Lifetime Military Pass Gold Star Family members and veterans Free
Access Pass US citizens and permanent residents with permanent disability Free
4th Grade Pass US 4th graders Free
Volunteer Pass Federal recreation site volunteers with 250 service hours Free

America the Beautiful Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. Passholders must show valid photo identification (ID) with each pass.

How to Get an America the Beautiful Pass

In Person (Recommended)

Passes can be purchased or picked up at over 1,000 federal recreation sites.

Purchase and pickup locations

Order Online, Receive by Mail

To receive your pass by mail, order online at the USGS Online Store or by phone: 1-888-275-8747, extension 1. Hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time.

2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone:

906 482-0984

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