MV Sandy Tours

The Sandy tours are not operating in 2021.

The Rock Harbor Lodge expects to resume The Sandy tours in 2022.

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

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For all four tours and programs involving 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.

Hidden Lake/Lookout Louise (Tuesday and Thursday) ($)
A 4-mile boat trip on the MV Sandy to Hidden Lake Trailhead, followed by a guided 2-mile round trip hike past Hidden Lake then up 320 feet to Lookout Louise. View the south shore of Canada and the north shore of Isle Royale. Return with the group or bring a lunch and water and hike 9.4 miles back to Rock Harbor. Guided by the National Park Service.

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 thru August), take a quarter-mile walk to the oldest lighthouse (1855) on Isle Royale and 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 Royale and Blake Points to view features like the Canada shoreline, the site of the Monarch shipwreck, and a Lake Superior sunset (after August 15, cruise only). Self-guided.

Last updated: June 7, 2021

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