Transportation Services

M.V. Ranger III in fog
M.V. Ranger III in fog

Due to COVID-19 All Ferry Passenger Service Cancelled for 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of Michigan, Isle Royale National Park is delaying its seasonal opening until further notice. In addition, the Ranger III, Voyageur II, Sea Hunter III, and Isle Royale Queen IV will not provide visitor ferry transportation this summer.

Isle Royale Seaplanes plans to operate if the park opens and if social distancing and state restrictions allow.

There are four passenger ferries and one seaplane that provide service to and from Isle Royale National Park. As Isle Royale is a desiginated wilderness, there are no car ferries. All transportation options have different fares and schedules; reservations are strongly recommended. Services do fill up, especially in the peak season from late-July through mid-August. Make your reservation as soon as your travel dates are firm.

 

Ranger III

The Ranger III is the largest moving piece of equipment owned and operated by National Park Service, and is the largest passenger ferry providing service to and from Isle Royale National Park. It operates between Houghton, Michigan and Rock Harbor on the northeast end, and Windigo on the southwest end of Isle Royale National Park. Overnight trips are offered.

Isle Royale Queen IV

The Isle Royale Queen IV is a passenger ferry that operates between Copper Harbor, Michigan and Rock Harbor on the northeast end of Isle Royale National Park. Overnight and day-trips are offered.

Voyageur II

The Voyageur II is a passenger ferry that operates between Grand Portage, Minnesota and a variety of pick-up and drop-off points on the north and south shores of Isle Royale National Park (including Windigo and Rock Harbor). Overnight trips are offered.

Sea Hunter III

The Seahunter III is a passenger ferry that operates between Grand Portage, Minnesota and Windigo on the southwest end of Isle Royale National Park. Overnight and day-trips are offered.

Isle Royale Seaplanes

Isle Royale Seaplanes service operates between Houghton, Michigan and Rock Harbor on the northeast end, and Windigo on the southwest end of Isle Royale National Park. Overnight and day-trips are offered.

Last updated: May 20, 2020

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800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone:

(906) 482-0984

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