Keweenaw Waterway Cruise

The Ranger III ferry providing a Keweenaw Waterway Cruise along the Portage Canal. Passengers stand on the second deck.
For over 60 years, the RANGER III has sailed the waters of Lake Superior, transporting passengers, rangers, and supplies from Houghton, Michigan to Isle Royale.


Enjoy a relaxing three hour cruise down the Keweenaw Waterway aboard the Ranger III. Cruises take place on scheduled Thursdays in the summer. Cruises fill to capacity. Reservations are required.

How to Make Reservations

  • Reservations begin June 1 for the upcoming season.
  • Call 906-482-0984 or visit the Houghton Visitor Center.
  • There is no waiting list.

Basic Information

  • Carry-on non-alcoholic beverages and snacks permitted.
  • Sails rain or shine.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Light jacket recommended.

Departure Location

All Keweenaw Waterway Cruises depart from the Houghton Visitor Center and Ranger III dock in Houghton, MI.



Thursday, July 11, 2024
Thursday, July 25, 2024
Thursday, August 24, 2024 (Families Ride Free Event)

  • Watch for the press release for this special August event.

Check-in Time: 11:45 am
Departure Time: Promptly at 12:30 pm



  • Adults (16 and up): $36
  • Children (1-15): $18
  • Infants (under 1): Free

Last updated: March 22, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


906 482-0984

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