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124 mi 200 km of trail 5 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 14 Trails Intermediate Trails 15 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 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.

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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Isle Royale, MI
40.2 mi 64.7 km Isle Royale, MI
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2.4 mi 3.8 km
#2 Lane Cove Trail
Isle Royale, MI
2.4 mi 3.8 km Isle Royale, MI
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Dry, Fallen Trees - 3 fallen trees that are easy to get around and no mud. Bridges over beaver ponds are all sturdy.
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1.5 mi 2.5 km Isle Royale, MI
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Some Mud - Some muddy sections, but not bad. Climb is deceptively tough with some downhills into valleys and then back up.
12 days ago
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2.9 mi 4.6 km Isle Royale, MI
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3.2 mi 5.2 km Isle Royale, MI
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7.6 mi 12.3 km
#6 Ishpeming Trail
Isle Royale, MI
7.6 mi 12.3 km Isle Royale, MI
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3.1 mi 4.9 km
#7 Tobin Harbor Trail
Isle Royale, MI
3.1 mi 4.9 km Isle Royale, MI
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Mostly Dry - Probably the easiest trail on Isle Royale. Some nice flat sections to cruise on, but be mindful of the rocky, short downhills
18 days ago
Isle Royale, MI
1.9 mi 3.1 km Isle Royale, MI
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Some Mud - Muddy in some places but can easily be avoided. A great climb up to the Greenstone, or a fast cruise back down.
18 days ago
10.4 mi 16.8 km
#9 Indian Portage Trail
Isle Royale, MI
10.4 mi 16.8 km Isle Royale, MI
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Muddy, Some Mud, Fallen Trees - Some very muddy sections and a couple of fallen trees. Nothing too technical, but good elevation.
18 days ago
10.7 mi 17.3 km
#10 Rock Harbor Trail
Isle Royale, MI
10.7 mi 17.3 km Isle Royale, MI
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Muddy - Ungodly amounts of mud after the recent rain. If Rocks are wet they are incredibly slippery. Some deep puddles.
18 days ago
1.7 mi 2.7 km
#11 Daisy Farm Trail
Isle Royale, MI
1.7 mi 2.7 km Isle Royale, MI
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Some Mud - Some muddy/slippery sections, otherwise good to go!
12 days ago
Isle Royale, MI
2.6 mi 4.2 km Isle Royale, MI
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10.3 mi 16.5 km Isle Royale, MI
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1.7 mi 2.7 km
#14 Chickenbone East
Isle Royale, MI
1.7 mi 2.7 km Isle Royale, MI
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1.4 mi 2.3 km Isle Royale, MI
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1.0 mi 1.6 km Isle Royale, MI
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3.3 mi 5.4 km
#17 Mott Island
Isle Royale, MI
3.3 mi 5.4 km Isle Royale, MI
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4.9 mi 7.9 km
#18 Island Mine Trail
Isle Royale, MI
4.9 mi 7.9 km Isle Royale, MI
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Muddy - The section of trail following the Bay has been over run by beavers. The trail is very hard to follow and expect wet feet.
18 days ago
Isle Royale, MI
8.2 mi 13.2 km Isle Royale, MI
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Isle Royale, MI
0.8 mi 1.2 km Isle Royale, MI
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0.5 mi 0.9 km Isle Royale, MI
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1.9 mi 3.1 km
#22 Lake Richie Trail
Isle Royale, MI
1.9 mi 3.1 km Isle Royale, MI
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0.6 mi 0.9 km
#23 Raspberry Island
Isle Royale, MI
0.6 mi 0.9 km Isle Royale, MI
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0.8 mi 1.3 km Isle Royale, MI
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0.4 mi 0.6 km
#25 Indian Head Point
Isle Royale, MI
0.4 mi 0.6 km Isle Royale, MI
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