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150 mi 242 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 15 Trails Intermediate Trails 16 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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 Passes
To find more information 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.

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.

Gems in Isle Royale National Park - 2

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gem Favorite Scoville Point offers a beautiful view looking north.

Scoville Point

(6) Isle Ro…, MI
gem Favorite Rock Harbor Lighthouse is beautiful viewed from the water on the Ranger III ferry.

Rock Harbor Lighthouse and Edisen Fishery

(6) Isle Ro…, MI

Featured Hikes in Isle Royale National Park - 5

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Favorite Lake Superior from the Minong Ridge Trail
Difficult

Minong Ridge Traverse

29.2 mi 47.0 km • Point to Point • 2,256 ft Ascent 687.69 m Ascent

(7) Isle Ro…, MI
Favorite Sunrise over Rock Harbor.
Intermediate

Greenstone Ridge

40.2 mi 64.7 km • Point to Point • 2,451 ft Ascent 747.19 m Ascent

(10) Isle Ro…, MI
Favorite Lake Superior from the bluffs along the East Huginnin Cove Trail.
Intermediate

East and West Huginnin Cove Trail

9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 563 ft Ascent 171.67 m Ascent

(3) Isle Ro…, MI
Favorite A view from the trail along Tobin Harbor.
Easy/Intermediate

Stoll Memorial Trail

3.3 mi 5.3 km • Point to Point • 55 ft Ascent 16.68 m Ascent

(5) Isle Ro…, MI
Favorite Golden Eye Ducks in Washington Harbor from the Washington Creek Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Windigo Nature Loop

1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 113 ft Ascent 34.36 m Ascent

(3) Isle Ro…, MI

Trails in Isle Royale National Park - 27

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40.2 mi 64.7 km #1Greenstone Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
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Intermediate/Difficult
40.2 mi 64.7 km Isle Royale, MI
2.9 mi 4.6 km #2West Huginnin Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
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2.9 mi 4.6 km Isle Royale, MI
1.5 mi 2.5 km #3Mount Ojibway Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
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1.5 mi 2.5 km Isle Royale, MI
7.6 mi 12.3 km #4Ishpeming Trail
Intermediate
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7.6 mi 12.3 km Isle Royale, MI
3.2 mi 5.2 km #5East Huginnin Cove Trail
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3.2 mi 5.2 km Isle Royale, MI
2.4 mi 3.8 km #6Lane Cove Trail
Intermediate
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2.4 mi 3.8 km Isle Royale, MI
3.1 mi 4.9 km #7Tobin Harbor Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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3.1 mi 4.9 km Isle Royale, MI
10.3 mi 16.5 km #8Feldtmann Ridge Trail
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10.3 mi 16.5 km Isle Royale, MI
10.7 mi 17.3 km #9Rock Harbor Trail
Intermediate
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10.7 mi 17.3 km Isle Royale, MI
1.9 mi 3.1 km #10Mount Franklin Trail
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1.9 mi 3.1 km Isle Royale, MI
10.4 mi 16.8 km #11Indian Portage Trail
Intermediate
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2.6 mi 4.2 km #12Hatchet Lake Trail
Intermediate
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2.6 mi 4.2 km Isle Royale, MI
0.6 mi 0.9 km #13Raspberry Island
Easy
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0.6 mi 0.9 km Isle Royale, MI
1.0 mi 1.6 km #14Windigo Nature Trail
Easy
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1.0 mi 1.6 km Isle Royale, MI
1.7 mi 2.7 km #15Daisy Farm Trail
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1.7 mi 2.7 km Isle Royale, MI
1.7 mi 2.7 km #16Chickenbone East
Easy/Intermediate
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1.7 mi 2.7 km Isle Royale, MI
3.3 mi 5.4 km #17Mott Island
Easy/Intermediate
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3.3 mi 5.4 km Isle Royale, MI
1.9 mi 3.1 km #18Lake Richie Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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1.9 mi 3.1 km Isle Royale, MI
4.9 mi 7.9 km #19Island Mine Trail
Intermediate
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4.9 mi 7.9 km Isle Royale, MI
8.2 mi 13.2 km #20Feldtmann Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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8.2 mi 13.2 km Isle Royale, MI
0.8 mi 1.3 km #21Passage Island Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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0.8 mi 1.3 km Isle Royale, MI
1.4 mi 2.3 km #22Washington Creek Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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1.4 mi 2.3 km Isle Royale, MI
0.8 mi 1.2 km #23Rainbow Cove Trail
Easy/Intermediate
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0.8 mi 1.2 km Isle Royale, MI
0.4 mi 0.6 km #24Indian Head Point
Easy
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0.4 mi 0.6 km Isle Royale, MI
26.1 mi 42.1 km #25Minong Ridge Trail
Difficult
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26.1 mi 42.1 km Isle Royale, MI
0.5 mi 0.9 km #26Little Todd Harbor Trail
Intermediate
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0.5 mi 0.9 km Isle Royale, MI
0.1 mi 0.2 km #27Minong Mine Spur Trail
Easy
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0.1 mi 0.2 km Isle Royale, MI

Photos of Isle Royale National Park - 55

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Sunrise over Rock Harbor.
Jan 16, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
Rock Harbor
May 21, 2015 near Isle Ro…, MI
Golden Eye Ducks in Washington Harbor from the Washington Creek Trail.
Jul 14, 2016 near Isle Ro…, MI
Lake Superior from the Minong Ridge Trail
Apr 22, 2015 near Isle Ro…, MI
Rock Harbor Lighthouse is beautiful viewed from the water on the Ranger III ferry.
Jul 6, 2017 near Isle Ro…, MI
Rock Harbor Campground
May 21, 2015 near Isle Ro…, MI
Isle Royale from the Rock Harbor Trail
May 21, 2015 near Isle Ro…, MI
Lake Ritchie
Jun 19, 2019 near Isle Ro…, MI

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