First Timer's Guide to Isle Royale

Three people jump off a dock into water as one person watched while the sun sets.
Before you make the crossing to Isle Royale, spend time planning ahead and preparing for your trip.

NPS / Jacob Frank

Quick Facts
Isle Royale National Park

When planning a trip to Isle Royale, many people ask, "What is the one thing I must do or see while I'm there?" The answer is, it depends on what type of Isle Royale experience you want to have! With a multitude of ways to travel to the park and numerous things to do once you arrive, compounded by the the island's large size and isolation in Lake Superior, Isle Royale adventures are as diverse as the thousands of people who come to the park each year. Despite these differences, the safest, most enjoyable trips are all grounded in planning and preparation that takes place before arrival. Using the information in this guide, plan an unforgettable experience to your national park.


First Timer's Guide

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: February 12, 2022