Fourth Thursday in History: The Ferries of Isle Royale, A Link to Island Wilderness

Ranger III at dock at Isle royale.
Ranger III at dock on Isle Royale

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News Release Date: August 16, 2007

Contact: Abby Sue Fisher, (906) 337-1207, ext. 250

The ferries of Isle Royale National Park, Rangers I, II, and III, have been transporting supplies and people to the island since the park's beginning. From the 75 foot Ranger I to the current 165 foot Ranger III, the ferry now has the distinction of being the largest vessel owned and operated by the National Park Service. These boats have served as a vital link between the busy mainland and the tranquil wilderness of the island. Take a behind the scenes look with interpretive ranger Katie Nessly as she highlights the history and the role the ferries play in supporting and maintaining the park.

The presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2007, and will take place at the dock onboard the Ranger III, located at the Isle Royale National Park mainland headquarters, 800 E Lakeshore Dr in Houghton, Michigan. Barrier free access is not available and occupancy on the Ranger III is limited to 70 people. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics. Additional support for this event is being provided by the Isle Royale National Park, and Isle Royale Natural History Association.

For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at 906/337-3168

Future Fourth Thursday in History Events

Legends of the Fall: History of Keweenaw Forests
September 27, 2007
MTU Campus, Noblet Forestry Building, Room GOO2

A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum--Past, Present, and Future
October 25, 2007
MTU Campus, Electrical Energy Resource Center, Room 100
The museum on the Fifth Floor of EERC will be open from 6-7 for self guided tours.

For more detailed information on upcoming events, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168, or check back here at

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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