Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

The Isle Royale National Park is in Michigan in Keweenaw County and the closest city to the park is Thunder Bay, Ontario. The park was established in 1940 on April 3, attracts nearly 16,000 visitors annually and covers and area of roughly 893 square miles. The park contains forests with pines, spruces, and furs, aspens, oaks, birches, ash, and maple trees. The island contains only about 1 3 of the large mammals that the mainland has. The region is regarded for it's moose and wolf population. It is the only location where moose and wolves live in close proximity to each other without having bears. Canoeing, kayaking, and camping are popular activities for the park. It's not typical for National Parks to close for long periods of time but the Isle Royal National Park closes every winter from November 1 to April 16 due to the harsh weather.

Isle Royale National Park Info


Isle Royale National Park

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News

Isle Royale National Park Begins to Implement Phased Opening

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Safe Start plan, and local public health authorities, Isle Royale is increasing boat access to the park.

Isle Royale To Further Delay Park Opening; No Visitor Ferry Service for Summer 2020

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of Michigan, Isle Royale National Park is delaying its seasonal opening until further notice. In addition, the Ranger III, Voyageur II, Sea Hunter III, and Isle Royale Queen IV will not provide visitor ferry transportation this summer. Rock Harbor Lodge, including overnight lodging, dining, marina services, gift shops and stores, will remain closed for the season.

Isle Royale National Park to Delay Park Opening

Isle Royale National Park, in response to guidance from the state of Michigan and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, is announcing a delay in the opening date of the park to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Isle Royale National Park Photos

Ranger III Ferry Ship - Isle Royale National Park

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Ranger III Ferry Ship - Isle Royale National Park

The Ranger III ferry boat at Isle Royale National Park, as seen from Three Mile Campground. The ship takes about six hours to reach Rock Harbor from Houghton, Michigan.

Ranger III Ferry Boat at Rock Harbor - Isle Royale

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Ranger III Ferry Boat at Rock Harbor - Isle Royale

The Ranger III ferry ship docked at Rock Harbor at Isle Royale National Park early in the morning on September 19, 2019.

Isle Royale Hiking Trail

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Isle Royale Hiking Trail

A hiking trail winds along Tobin Harbor between Rock Harbor Campground and Three Mile Campground at Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, on September 17, 2019.

Isle Royale National Park Lake Superior Shoreline

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Isle Royale National Park Lake Superior Shoreline

Lake Superior along the shores of Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, near Three Mile Campground. In the background are a cluster of islands: Inner Hill Island, Outer Hill Island, Star Island, Davidson Island, and Mad Island.

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

ats8110 posted a photo:

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

getting geared up for this year's calypsos, these are from last year's trip to Isle Royale National Park I forgot about :-))

Isle Royal National Park Sunrise

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Isle Royal National Park Sunrise

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Isle Royale National Park is one of the least visited parks in the United States, since you can only get there by sea plane or boat. This is a a rugged set of isolated islands, far from civilization and surrounded by Lake Superior.

Welcome to Windigo

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Welcome to Windigo

I've always gone to Isle Royale from Minnesota (Grand Portage to Windigo) instead of Michigan (two options to Rock Harbor). Seeing this sign always makes me happy.

There are two park development centers, one at Windigo and one at Rock Harbor.

Welcome to Rock Harbor

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Welcome to Rock Harbor

This was more or less our half-way point. After hiking here from Windigo, with some detours, we hiked most of the way back, catching our return boat at Malone Bay.

Messy Kitchen!

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Messy Kitchen!

Dinner cooked, dishes are drying. The remains of the day at our first campsite, South Lake Desor.

Dinner was a braised seitan with polenta.

Sargent Lake from Ojibwe Tower

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Sargent Lake from Ojibwe Tower

One of the dozens of named inland lakes on Isle Royale.

Lake Superior and the Ontario shore lie behind.

This tower gave us our best views of the trip.

Beaver face in the light

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Beaver face in the light

I ended up jogging slowly on the shoreline to follow this beaver crossing Todd Harbor. I had debated carrying my heavy telephoto (2kg) on a long backpacking trip, but this was one of the two times when it was essential.

Todd Mine -- HFF!

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Todd Mine -- HFF!

This is one of the historic copper mines around Isle Royale. Euro-Americans generally dug shafts where the Anishinaabe had previously discovered copper. The Anishinaabe dug out shallow depressions and small holes.

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Cashkoomar-225

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

ats8110 posted a photo:

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

getting geared up for this year's calypsos, these are from last year's trip to Isle Royale National Park I forgot about :-))

The Great American Bald Eagle

ats8110 posted a photo:

The Great American Bald Eagle

found more photos from Isle Royale National Park from last year

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

ats8110 posted a photo:

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

getting geared up for this year's calypsos, these are from last year's trip to Isle Royale National Park I forgot about :-))

The Great American Bald Eagle

ats8110 posted a photo:

The Great American Bald Eagle

found more photos from Isle Royale National Park from last year

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

ats8110 posted a photo:

calypso, calypso bulbosa var. americana

getting geared up for this year's calypsos, these are from last year's trip to Isle Royale National Park I forgot about :-))

Along the Trail

caleb269 posted a photo:

Along the Trail

In Isle Royale National Park