Permits & Reservations



A permit is required for anyone overnighting at Isle Royale in a campground, in a designated cross country camping zone, at a dock, or at anchor.

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Small Party Camping Permits

A small party permit (1-6 people) is required for all who stay overnight in campgrounds.

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Cross-Country Camping Permits

Camping outside of designated campgrounds requires a cross-country camping permit.

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Group Camping

Groups of 7 or more people need a group camping permit and advance reservations.

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Boater Permits

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Reservations for lodging and transportation service to and from Isle Royale is highly recommended.

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Ferry Transportation Services

Reserve your ferry transportation to and from the island ahead of time.

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Seaplane Transportation

Reserve seaplane transportation to and from the island ahead of time.

Aerial view of the Rock Harbor Lodge complex.
Lodging Facilities

Isle Royale Resorts offers overnight accommodations at Rock Harbor Lodge and the Windigo Camper Cabins.

Last updated: June 22, 2023

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800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


906 482-0984

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