Day Trip Schedule
- Depart Copper Harbor, MI: 8:00 am EDT
- Arrive Rock Harbor: 11:45 am EDT
- Three hour layover on Isle Royale
- Depart Rock Harbor: 2:45 pm EDT
- Arrive Copper Harbor, MI: 6:30 pm EDT
Throughout the operating season, the Isle Royale Queen IV schedule varies; it typically operates from early May through the end of September. The Isle Royale Queen IV makes the departure and return trip on the same day, allowing for both overnight and day trip passengers. Day trip visitors can expect to have approximately three hours on the island.
Be Prepared for an Unexpected Overnight
Adverse weather conditions or unexpected transportation issues may cause a park day trip to turn into an overnight.
You can prepare yourself by bringing essential items: prescriptions, food, and extra clothing for variable weather. Consider bringing a tent, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags;
Isle Royale does not provide these items for visitors.
Activities in Three Hours or Less
Know Before You Go
Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior.
The park is comprised of a roadless backcountry.
Make sure to bring a water bottle, food, and anything you might need for the day.
Lake Superior makes island weather unpredictable and travel delays are common.