Thing to Do

Paddle Washington Creek

A person kayaks in a creek surrounded by forest.
Paddling is a serene way to explore Isle Royale's wilderness.


Paddle into the Wild

Washington Creek is located on the west end of Isle Royale National Park. Paddlers can access the creek from Washington Harbor. Motorized vessels are prohibited from entering the creek. Daily kayak and canoe rentals are available from the Windigo Camp Store. Visitors can also bring their own kayaks and canoes on a ferry or on their private vessel. Washington Creek is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for a moose taking a dip!

Found Nearby

This is an out and back paddle. Watch the time and make sure to return by the check-in time if you rented a vessel. 
Pets Allowed
Rental fees may apply. 
Isle Royale National Park is in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. Lake Superior is one of the Great Lakes located in the Upper Midwest of the United States. The island contains a roadless backcountry. Visitors traveling to Isle Royale must arrive by boat or seaplane. 
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Accessibility Information
Paddle access to the creek is available from Washington Harbor on Isle Royale's west end. The creek becomes shallow as you paddle inland. Vessels will need to turn around and exit the creek the same way entered. Seiche activity is occasional in Washington Harbor and Washington Creek. Make sure to check the daily weather forecast at the Windigo Visitor Center before paddling. 

Isle Royale National Park

Last updated: February 12, 2022