Isle Royale National Park

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106 mi 171 km

Hikes

124 mi 200 km

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Gems
3 Gems

Easy Trails
15 Trails
Intermediate Trails
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Hard Trails
1 Trails

Surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park is a rugged and isolated island that will take visitors far from the trappings of civilization. The island, which can only be reached by private watercraft, seaplane, or ferry, offers unparalleled solitude and a multitude of adventures. Amidst the stunning scenery of land and water, visitors will have the opportunity to relax at one of the parks campgrounds, venture out on the park's 165 miles of trail, or explore the scenic coastline and the archipelago's many coasts and bays.

To learn more about Isle Royale National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Houghton Visitor Center: Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from June - mid-September. From Mid-September to May, open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed for fall and winter holidays.
  • Rock Harbor Visitor Center: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in July and August. May, June, and September reduced schedule; call (906) 482-0984 for current hours.
  • Windigo Visitor Center: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in July and August. May, June, and September reduced schedule; call (906) 482-0984 for current hours.

Visiting Tips

Isle Royale National Park is open every year from April 16 through October 31. The island is closed from November 1 through April 15 due to extreme winter weather conditions. Due its the remote location, the park is only accessible by private watercraft, seaplane, or ferry.

There are four passenger ferries and one seaplane that provide service to and from Isle Royale National Park. Reservations are strongly recommended especially during the peak season from late-July through mid-August. For more information about transportation options, fares, schedules, and bookings, visit the park's website.

Fees and PassesTo find more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Isle Royale has 36 campgrounds located around the island. Permits are required for all overnight stays in the park. All campsites are only accessible by foot or watercraft. Several campgrounds located on the Lake Superior shoreline have docks for power boats and sail boats. Inland campgrounds are only accessible by non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks, or by foot. All campgrounds offer tent sites, a water source, and outhouses. Some of the campgrounds located on the Lake Superior shoreline have shelters and picnic tables as well. Visitors must pack out all trash.

For more information about camping in the park and obtaining the necessary permits, visit the park's website.

Food & Drink

Due to the remote location of the island, visitors will need to bring all of their food and necessities with them. It is also advised to bring water or a purification system. Visitors have a variety of dining options in the communities of Houghton, Copper Harbor, and Grand Portage which are the departure points for the public ferries to the island.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Slovak Don't tip lol just kidding!
J J's Family Restaurant All the food is good
Pita Pit Double stamps on Tuesdays
Mongo's Grill Add an egg to your bowl! Delicious!!
Boston Pizza Great service, just a bunch of beauties
Tokyo House Everything was great, really enjoyed the meal
Taco Time Solid food at a good price. Great service for a fast food restaurant.
Bight Restaurant Try the poutine. It's to die for!
Java Hut Improve on customer service. A lady waited for her Phili melt for exactly 28 minutes. Then the waitress loudly said "they're having problems with the grill". Hello, don't wait 30 minutes for that.
Applebee's Neighbourhood Grill & Bar They do honour the free mozzarella sticks deal! Our server took our phone and showed her manager who approved it. Woot!
Thai Kitchen A definate stop if in Thunder Bay!!
The Silver Birch Great new restaurant! Had the pickerel blt......wonderful
Sushi Station Trust Hendel: order #20, 30, 34, 41, 43, 108, 164. Avoid pad Thai & chicken curry.
Tomlin Restaurant The chef's tasting!!!!
Niva's Restaurant I am experiencing SUCH GOOD SERVICE right now. Walked in and was asked what I took in my coffee on my way to my table. Server is friendly, coffee is being tended to. A+ service!
Merla Mae Ice Cream $12 for 2, two scoop waffle cones. Don't come here if you have a family or are on a budget. The quality is nothing special. It's all hype, tradition & limited competition that brings or people here.
The Sweet North Bakery It's not cheap, but wow do you ever get what you pay for! Highly recommend!
The Hoito Don't judge a book by its cover, this place is popular for a reason! Try the finnish pancakes. They are the size of dinner plates and breakfast is served all day.
314 Bay St., Thunder Bay ON — (807) 345-6323
Maltese Grocery All the meats, cheeses, breads. Everything here is quality!
301 Pearl St, Thunder Bay ON — (807) 344-5911
Kangas Sauna Breakfasts better than Hoitos.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Visitors interested in taking a boat tour of the park have their choice of several different tours offered aboard the MV Sandy. Tours operate from early June through early September. More information can be found on the park's website.

Isle Royale National Park also offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

Other Activities

A visit to Isle Royale is the perfect opportunity to explore a truly untouched wilderness. With the many trails that are open for exploration on foot and a thrilling coastline to be discovered by boat, Isle Royale showcases some of the best terrain in the United States. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of activities ranging from backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, boating, and even scuba diving. Visit the park's website for more information on the many ways to explore the island.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free maps and brochures to help plan your trip, click here.
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