Ranger III Delayed Until June 30, 2020
Due to COVID-19 and the park remaining closed until June 15, 2020, Ranger III is altering its summer 2020 passenger schedule. First outbound trip will be 6/30/20 from Houghton, MI to Rock Harbor, MI. See the Schedule for details.
Windigo Trips Have Been Cancelled
All 2020 Ranger III trips now travel between Houghton, MI and Rock Harbor, MI.
Keweenaw Waterway Cruises are Cancelled for 2020
For 2020: 100% Refunds for all Ranger III Fees & Entrance Fees
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, any visitor requesting any refund for any reason will receive a 100% refund. Cancelled Ranger III reservations will be automatically refunded as soon as staff are allowed to return to the Houghton Visitor Center. Entrance fees paid in advance will be refunded by request upon contacting the park.
Due to COVID-19, passenger service for 2020 is offered from the end of June through early September.
Outbound Island Trips
Inbound Island Trips
Rescheduling a Reservation due to COVID-19 Changes
The Online Reservation Form Allows:
Make Reservations Over the Phone
NPS vessels strive to be accessible. Ranger III is more than 60 years old with nautical designs predating ADA legislation. Please inform staff when making reservations to facilitate assistance. Ranger III crew will gladly assist with loading and unloading up and down the gangplanks. On the lower deck, the Ranger III Grill and restrooms are accessible.
There are many amenities that the Ranger III offers to its passengers.
Your Isle Royale National Park journey starts at the Ranger III's home port located at 800 E. Lakeshore Dr., Houghton, Michigan. The 73 mile journey to Rock Harbor takes 6 hours. The 62 mile journey to Windigo takes a little over 5 hours.
Free Ranger III Tours
Tours By Arrangement
Free tours of Ranger III can be arranged in advance by contacting the park. Rangers will present the guided tour, highlighting the history and features of the National Park Service's largest motorized vessel.
More About Ranger III
The Ranger III is a 165 foot long, 34 feet wide, 648 ton vessel that carries 128 passengers. Go here for full Ranger III specs. An experienced nine-member crew takes great pride in maintaining the vessel and serving its passengers. The Ranger III has been in operation since 1958, and is part of a rich history of vessels that have serviced Isle Royale.
Last updated: April 7, 2020