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Isle Royale National Park

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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.

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Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Theordore Roosevelt National Park that are open to mountain bikes, and bikes are not allowed on the island. This page serves as a general overview of the area.

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
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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.

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.

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