How do we get to the campgrounds?
How long can we stay at each campground?
How far is it between campgrounds?
How long does it take to hike the length of the island?
We want to camp, but do not backpack. How do we camp at Isle Royale?
Are there storage lockers at Windigo or Rock Harbor?
What do you do in the case of a medical emergency?
1. Provide First Aid and comfort to the victim.
2. Seek help at the nearest Lake Superior campground dock. Look for a National Park Service employee or visitor boat. If you see a visitor boat, request a call for help on a marine radio. Be specific about the injury and note the time and date it occured, age of patient, and nature of injury.
3. If you cannot get access to a marine band radio, ask other hikers (or send members of your group) to inform park staff at Rock Harbor or Windigo.
4. The Voyageur ll stops at certain docks for pre-scheduled drop-offs and pick-ups.
5. Cell phones are not reliable, but if you do get a signal you can call the park emergency number at (800) 433-1986.
Can I have a supply box delivered or stored for me while on the island?
What should we do or know before we depart for Isle Royale?
Before you depart you should:
1. Designate a contact person on the mainland that has all the necessary information about your trip and the participants.
2. Organize a first aid kit and review first aid practices. Common medical problems on Isle Royale include hypothermia, dehydration or heat stroke, injuries from falling, and insect stings. The first aid kit should contain a doctor prescribe epinephrine kit for any group member allergic to bee stings.
3. Check all essential gear including camp stoves, water filters, tents, backpacks, first aid kits, sleeping bags, appropriate clothing, insect repellent, and rain gear.
4. If you are fishing in Lake Superior waters, purchase a Michigan fishing license.
5. Confirm your ferry or seaplane reservations.
6. Research current weather conditions on the island prior to your trip. Be prepared for any and all types of conditions.
Last updated: September 6, 2021