Ranger III Reservation Instructions

Ranger III at dock
Ranger III at dock.


Ranger III Delayed Until June 30, 2020

Due to COVID-19 Ranger III all passenger service has been cancelled for the 2020 season. We look forward to resuming passenger service in 2021.

Visit the Ranger III COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for specific questions related to fares, processing times, and more.

Keweenaw Waterway Cruises are Cancelled for 2020

For 2020: 100% Refunds for all Ranger III Fees & Entrance Fees

Cancelled Ranger III reservations have begun to be refunded.

Entrance fees paid in advance will be refunded by request upon contacting the park. If you paid via www.pay.gov and have your email receipt showing your Pay.gov ID, the refund can be processed significantly faster.


How Do I Make a Ranger III Reservation Online?

Due to COVID-19, all passenger service for the 2020 season has been cancelled. No reservations are available for 2020.

For 2021, reservations will be accepted January 2 through mid-September for the upcoming Ranger III summer passenger season. Reservations received October to January 1 will not be processed.

  1. Access the Isle Royale NP Ranger III Ferry Fee form on www.paygov.
  2. Click on "Continue to Form" (button in lower right corner).
  3. Fill out the information in the online form:
    • Purchaser information (click continue)
    • Passenger Information & Dates (click continue)
    • Passenger Canoe/Kayak & any other information the park should know, if applicable (click continue)
  4. Submit payment.
    • Credit Card (preferred)
    • Paypal
      • Refunds are only available for 180 days, per PayPal refund policy. If you pay using PayPal and your plans change, contact the Ranger III Reservation Office immediately at (906) 482-0984.
    • Amazon Pay
      • Refunds are only available for 60 days, per Amazon Pay refund policy. If you pay using Amazon Pay and your plans change, contact the Ranger III Reservation Office immediately at (906) 482-0984.
    • Bank Account (ACH)
      • Refunds are only through bank direct deposit. Significant paperwork is required.
  5. Upon submission, this form will be sent to the Ranger III Reservation Office. Your reservation will typically be processed in 1-2 days, but sometimes it can take 3-5 days.
    • For reservations submitted January 2 through early Mach: Due to limited staffing, the reservation confirmation may not be processed until staff are availble.
  6. If there are no reservation complications, you will receive an email confirmation of your trip dates, as well as arrival information for your Ranger III departure. Should there be any complications, the Ranger III Reservation Office will contact you at the listed phone number.
  7. If you have more passengers or canoes/kayaks in your party than can be entered in this form, please call the Ranger III Reservation Office at (906) 482-0984.

Ranger III Reservation Changes, Cancellations, and Refunds

To cancel or change trip dates, call the Ranger III Reservation Office at (906) 482-0984.

If you must completely cancel a confirmed Ranger III booking:

  • If the cancellation occurs more than 3 days prior to the sailing date, 85% of the total ticket price will be refunded.
  • If the cancellation occurs within 3 days of the sailing date, no refund will be issued.

There is no cost to change reservation dates, add or subtract passengers, or add or subtract additional freight.

In the rare instance when a ferry is at capacity (full) at the time of your reservation submission, and we are unable to accommodate you on another voyage, the park will contact you directly and issue you a full refund.


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Last updated: May 21, 2020

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800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


(906) 482-0984

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