Isle Royale Seaplanes

Seaplane with Isle Royale Seaplanes company sits on the water in a cove at Isle Royale National Park
See the island from a bird's eye view with Isle Royale Seaplanes.


Quick Facts

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

A per person daily entrance fee is required to enter and remain in the park. Pay fees online prior to your trip.


After disembarking the seaplane at either Rock Harbor or Windigo, visitors are required to self-check in. 

Self-Permit Station Locations:

  • Rock Harbor: Event tent outside of Rock Harbor Visitor Center

  • Windigo: Far side of Windigo Visitor Center deck

Park Newspaper

Utilize the park's newspaper, The Greenstone, for all of your transportation and trip planning needs. 

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: December 28, 2023