Day Trip Planning
Getting to Rock Harbor
The Isle Royale Queen IV offers day trips to Rock Harbor, on the northeast end of Isle Royale, from Copper Harbor, Michigan. After arriving on the ferry, visitors spend three hours exploring the island. Isle Royale Seaplanes also offers day trip service to Rock Harbor.
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.
Activities in Three Hours or Less
- Hike the Stoll Trail
- Become a Junior Ranger
- Paddle Tobin Harbor
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.