Permits & Reservations

View of Rock Harbor Channel from the deck of the Ranger III ferry.
View of Rock Harbor Channel from the deck of the Ranger III ferry.
Isle Royale National Park offers an array of recreational activities, but some may require a permit or reservation.

A backcountry/camping permit is required for all who stay overnight in the campgrounds, at dock, or who anchor out.

The Rock Harbor Lodge complex, located on the northeast end of Isle Royale National Park, is the only full-service lodging facility on the island. There are two rustic camper cabins available for rent in Windigo on the southwest end of the island.

Advance reservations are required for groups of seven to ten individuals, including leaders.

Boaters can submit requests for campsites, anchorages, and dock space.

Cross-country camping is intended for those seeking a higher level of solitude, adventure, self-sufficiency, and low impact camping in a wilderness setting.

Special Permits & Fees

Activites covered by special permits and fees include:
  • Group Camping (7-10 individuals)
  • Weddings
  • Commercial Filming or Still Photography
  • Commercial Services (tour groups, outfitters, etc)
  • Special Events
  • Any activity outside of normal park use

Last updated: December 6, 2016

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Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


(906) 482-0984

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