Isle Royale National Park

 


Isle Royale National Park Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, ever changing weather and a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park.

Ninety-nine percent of the land mass is federally designated Wilderness. This wilderness archipelago is 45 miles long and nine miles wide at its widest point. The park encompasses a total area of 850 square miles including submerged lands which extends four and a half miles out into Lake Superior. The archipelago is composed of many parallel ridges resulting from ancient lava flows which were tilted and glaciated.

Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails and 36 campgrounds for backpackers and recreational boaters. There is excellent fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and plenty of spots to observe wildlife.

Roadless Isle Royale is accessible only by boat or float plane. Isle Royale is relatively untouched by direct outside influences and serves as a living laboratory and is a United States Biosphere Reserve.

Take a sightseeing hike to view Lake Superior panorama and abundant wildlife including moose and fox; hike scenic trails or take a sightseeing cruise to beautiful spots on the island including historic lighthouses; explore abandoned copper mines; visit a historic commercial fishery still in operation; catch a native lake trout on a fishing charter while trolling along one of Isle Royale's reefs.

Facilities

Houghton Visitor Center - The Center offers a small assortment of natural and cultural history exhibits, boater registration, user fee collection and a bookstore. 800 East Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, Michigan, on the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. (906) 482-0984.

Rock Harbor Visitor Center - The center features a small assortment of natural and cultural history objects, camping permits, user fee collection, boater registration and a bookstore. Guided interpretive walks and talks begin at or near the visitor center. Located in the northeast section of the park.

Windigo Visitor Center - This visitor center offers natural and cultural history exhibits, with primary theme related to lighthouses and shipwrecks, Camping permits, boater registration, collect user fee and a bookstore. Guided interpretive walks and talks begin at or near the visitor center. Located in the southwest section of the park.

Fees:
$4 per person per day
Individual Season Pass - $50 (Valid for 1 person from April 16th to October 31st of the year indicated)
Season Boat Rider Pass - $150 (Covers fees for all persons onboard. Vaild from April 16th to October 31st of the year indicated)

Getting There:
Vehicles are not permitted on Isle Royale. Visitors park their cars in Houghton, Michigan; Copper Harbor, Michigan; or Grand Portage, Minnesota and ride passenger ferries to the island, or fly with Isle Royale Seaplane Service to the island from Houghton, Michigan.