United States Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1869
Closure Order #20-005
June 26, 2020
Closures, restrictions and public use limits:
Closure Order – Minong Trail:
Closure Order – Minong Trail: Due to COVID-19 public health and safety concerns, difficult access, and limited emergency responders, the closure of the Minong Trail will extend until
further notice. Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5 (a)(1), the following areas administered by the National Park Service within Isle Royale National Park are
closed, effective immediately, as follows:
North Desor Campground
Minong Trail from the Hatchet Lake junction to the East Huginnin Trail junction.
Little Todd Harbor Campground is closed to backpackers, but it will be open to paddlers accessing it from Lake Superior. Paddlers utilizing Little Todd Harbor Campground are prohibited from hiking the Minong Trail.
Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents, and stakeholders, except as follows:
Agency partners performing critical functions including, but not limited to, the United States Coast Guard.
Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Emergency response is limited this summer. The Minong Trail is remote and difficult to access in an emergency situation. Minong Trail rescues have gone over 16 hours in the past which means SAR (search and rescue) team members need mandatory rest and would not be available the following day. Also, due to COVID-19 guidance, all SAR responders may need to wear respirators which creates more physical exhaustion and requires more rescuers.
Closed areas will be monitored to ensure compliance.
This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until rescinded. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis and will be modified or removed when conditions warrant.
Approval: Mark Romanski, Acting Superintendent
June 26, 2020