Private Boating

Boat tied to a dock.

Boating Guide

All the information you need to keep you safe and legal while visiting Isle Royale in your boat.

Two fuel pumps sit on a dock with a small building in the background


Gasoline, diesel and pump-out services are available in Rock Harbor and Windigo during business hours.

A red sailboat is tied to a dock with an island in the background and water.

Boater Permit Request

Request a permit in advance by contacting the park prior to your departure.

A wooden sign says "Visitor Center Boat and Camping Registration U.S. Customs"


Any vessel arriving from Canada must clear US Customs at the Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor Center during business hours.

A person in a boat holds a fish in their hands


Enjoy fishing the waters of Lake Superior and the island's numerous inland lakes and streams.

A sunken lifeboat resting on the bottom of Lake Superior

Boating Safety

Be prepared for any Lake Superior challenge.

A white covered powerboat at dock.

Boater Accessible Campgrounds & Docks

A table listing boater accessible campgrounds and docks.

A large green fish with silver worm-like markings underwater


Isle Royale's distinct topography continues underwater, providing habitat for rare fish.

Last updated: April 7, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


906 482-0984

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