Trip Idea

Windigo Day Trip

Multiple Parks

Through a stand of birch trees, Beaver Island can be seen in Washington Harbor, at Isle Royale.
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) Wilderness, Trails, Scenic Views
Activities Hands-On, Junior Ranger Program, Backcountry Camping, Front-Country Hiking, Paddling
Type Solitary/Remote, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Isle Royale National Park

A cow moose wades in a creek surrounded by forest.
Moose viewing is common in Washington Creek, just a short walk from Windigo.

© BRIDGET BYRNE

Wander on the West End

Spend a day in Windigo, on the west end of Isle Royale National Park. Windigo is a portal to wilderness with a variety of hiking trails accessible just steps from the Windigo Visitor Center. After your hike, take a seat and relax while you learn about the isolated island in Lake Superior by attending a ranger program. Choose a couple of these activities to design your own island adventure.

Island Adventures in Four Hours or Less

Ideal for Sea Hunter III Passengers

  • Attend a Ranger Program
  • Become a Junior Ranger
  • Walk the Windigo Nature Trail
  • Hike to Grace Creek Overlook
  • Hike to Minong Ridge Overlook
  • Paddle Washington Creek

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 a day.
  • Lake Superior makes island weather unpredictable and travel delays are common.
Hike
  • Isle Royale National Park

    Walk the Windigo Nature Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Windigo Nature Trail at Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    A wooden boardwalk a part of the trail goes through a forest with small plants on the ground.

    Walk the Windigo Nature Trail and immerse yourself in the deciduous forest on the western end of Isle Royale.

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  • Isle Royale National Park

    Hike to Grace Creek Overlook

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 2–4 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    Cloudy skies overlook forested ridges and a creek in the distance.

    Grace Creek Overlook offers scenic views of Grace Creek, Grace Harbor, and Lake Superior.

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  • Isle Royale National Park

    Hike to Minong Ridge Overlook

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Front-Country Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 2–6 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    View from ridgetop with trees in fall foliage, Lake Superior, and the Canadian shoreline.

    Hike to the Minong Ridge Overlook and enjoy views of Isle Royale's west end, Lake Superior, and the Canadian shoreline to the north.

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  • Isle Royale National Park

    Hike the Huginnin Loop

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Backcountry Camping
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Hugunnin Cove Trail at Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 4–8 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    A person stands on a rocky beach next to a lake with a forest in the background.

    Day hike or backpack the Huginnin Loop on the west end of Isle Royale. Discover over 8 miles of trail that includes remnants from past humans, the rocky northern shore, and the western wilderness of the island.

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Paddle
  • Isle Royale National Park

    Paddle Washington Creek

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Paddling
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A person kayaks in a creek surrounded by forest.

    Paddle Washington Creek, located on the west end of Isle Royale National Park. Washington Creek is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing.

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Discover
  • Isle Royale National Park

    Attend a Windigo Ranger Program

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hands-On
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 20–60 Minutes
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    A park ranger gives a program to a group of people on a porch with Washington Harbor behind.

    Attend a Windigo ranger program at Isle Royale National Park. Learn about the isolated island, it's cultural history, and the critters who call the island home. Topics include moose, wolves, geology, shipwrecks, island biogeography, wilderness, and more.

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  • Isle Royale National Park

    Become an Isle Royale Junior Ranger

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Junior Ranger Program
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Isle Royale National Park
    • Duration: 2–6 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    Children sit around a table working on Junior Ranger booklets while a Park Ranger stands nearby.

    Become an Isle Royale Junior Ranger and learn about the isolated island, the unique plants and animals found in the park, the island’s cultural history, and Leave No Trace principles.

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Last updated: April 7, 2022