Last updated: December 28, 2023
Information, Parking - Auto, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Sea Plane Launch
Isle Royale Seaplanes is the sole concessionaire offering seaplane transportation to Isle Royale National Park. Their main office and contact center is in Hancock, Michigan along the Keweenaw Waterway. Flights originate from there and from the Cook County Airport in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Both departure bases provide service to Windigo and Rock Harbor.
Throughout the operating season the seaplane's schedule varies; it typically operates from mid-May through mid-September. Overnight and day-trip visits are offered.
Travel delays can occur due to fog and inclement weather. Usually delays are for a few hours; however delays can stretch over multiple days. Whether arriving or departing the island, be prepared for all travel possibilities.
For schedules, fare information, or to make a reservation, please visit the Isle Royale Seaplanes website.
Park Entrance Fees
- Backpackers and Campers: Use the Self-Permit Station to collect and write a camping permit, following provided instructions. Note method of park entrance fee payment on permit. Each party collects one permit.
- Daytrippers: Use the same Self-Permit Station to self-certify that park entrance fees have been paid prior to arrival.
- Groups (Parties of 7 or More People): Do not use Self-Permit Station. Proceed inside the visitor center to retrieve your permit.
Self-Permit Station Locations:
Rock Harbor: Event tent outside of Rock Harbor Visitor Center
Windigo: Far side of Windigo Visitor Center deck
Utilize the park's newspaper, The Greenstone, for all of your transportation and trip planning needs.