Thing to Do

Explore Raspberry Island

A bog surrounded by conifers on Raspberry Island.
This fragile bog can be found on Raspberry Island.

NPS/Paul Brown

Outer Island Excursion

Raspberry Island is just a short canoe or boat ride away from Rock Harbor on the east end of Isle Royale National Park. Venture across the Rock Harbor channel to explore the boreal forest, a fragile bog, and scenic rocky shores. Paths and planked bridges lead past many unusual plants; including the insect-eating sundew and pitcher plants that thrive in the acidic bog environment. Interpretive signs along the route explain the ecology of this island’s rich and varied plant life and the geologic origins of its rugged shores. Take your time and you will discover enough variety on this island to keep you intrigued for half a day. Raspberry Island is accessible by Rock Harbor Lodge, private vessel, or watercraft rental from Rock Harbor Marina. Fees vary.

Details
Guided tours on the MV Sandy last about 2.5 hours. 
Fees may apply for MV Sandy tour to Raspberry Island.
Reservations for MV Sandy tour to Raspberry Island can be made through the Rock Harbor Lodge. 
Accessibility Information
Raspberry Island is accessible by private boat, vessel rental, or tour on the MV Sandy. Docking is available for private boats. A small canoe/kayak landing is available. Trails on Raspberry Island are 18 inches wide and unpaved. Boardwalks are also 18 inches wide. Boardwalks may have water on them, tread carefully. 

Last updated: January 18, 2021