Ranger III Reservation Instructions

Ranger III at dock
Ranger III at dock.


Wanting to Transport a Boat, Other Cargo, or make Keweenaw Waterway Cruise Reservations?

For those wishing to transport boats, outboard motors, or other freight, make Keweenaw Waterway Cruise Reservations, or if you have specific reservation needs, please do not use this online form. Instead, call the Ranger III Reservation Office at (906) 482-0984.

Entrance Fees and the Ranger III

All Ranger III passengers must pay entrance fees. It is encouraged to pay online prior to your arrival in Houghton. All Federal Recreation Passes, Annual, Senior, Access, Military and Volunteer, presented upon arrival, waive these fees for up to 4 adults traveling in the same party.


How Do I Make a Ranger III Reservation Online?

Reservations are accepted January 2 through mid-September for the upcoming Ranger III summer season. Reservations received October to January 2 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
    • Paypal
    • Bank Account (ACH)
  5. For reservations submitted January 2 through early Mach: Due to limited staffing, these reservation confirmation may not be processed until staff become availble.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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: November 26, 2018

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Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


(906) 482-0984

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