A teal boat labeled Sandy is underway on open water
MV SANDY underway in the Rock Harbor Channel.

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For all tours and programs aboard the MV Sandy, obtain tickets and information at the Rock Harbor Lodge Office in Rock Harbor. MV Sandy tours operate from Rock Harbor beginning in early June and ending in early September. Fare rates vary; children under 12 are half price. Reservations can only be made when you are on the island.

Three Mile/Mount Franklin Overlook (Tuesday and Thursday) ($)
A 3 mile boat trip on the MV Sandy to Three Mile Campground, followed by a self-guided 4.6 roundtrip hike to Mount Franklin. Ascend uphill from the campground to the lookout, passing through a burn area. Arrive at Mount Franklin Overlook, relax and take in the stunning views of Canada and Isle Royale’s north shore. Descend the same way you came and return to Three Mile Dock to catch the return trip to Rock Harbor aboard MV Sandy.

Passage Island (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) ($)
An 8-mile boat tour on the MV Sandy crosses one of the Isle Royale’s shipping lanes. The 2-mile guided round-trip hike leads to Passage Island Lighthouse and explores an area of low moose presence. Rugged and rocky. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Self-guided.

Edisen Fishery and Rock Harbor Lighthouse (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) ($)
Visit the historic commercial fishery with the resident fishery demonstrator (July through August), take a quarter-mile walk to Rock Harbor Lighthouse. Enjoy its maritime exhibits, and walk to the moose and wolf research station at Bangsund Cabin. Introduction upon arrival by the National Park Service.

Raspberry Island/Sunset Cruise (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday) ($)
Take a leisurely walk along a boardwalk through the spruce bog on Raspberry Island followed by a cruise on the MV Sandy around Blake Point to view features like the Canada shoreline, the site of the Monarch shipwreck, and a Lake Superior sunset. After August 15, sunset cruise only. Wednesdays Raspberry Island only. Self-guided.


Last updated: July 3, 2024

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