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 Wolf Project Continues with Michigan Wolves

Isle Royale National Park resumed it’s wolf translocation project this week. Park staff and partners successfully moved a wolf from Michigan’s mainland to Isle Royale on Friday, September 6.

Public Invited to Open House on Draft Isle Royale Non-Wilderness Cultural Resources Management Plan/Environmental Assessment

The National Park Service invites the public to participate in an informational open house meeting and webinar on the draft Non-Wilderness Cultural Resources Management Plan/ Environmental Assessment. The draft plan evaluates three alternatives for managing the non-wilderness cultural resources in the park. Public comment period open through September 6, 2019.

The National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Isle Royale Non-Wilderness Cultural Resources Management Pl

Isle Royale National Park announces the release of the draft Cultural Resource Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. The purpose of the plan is to develop a long-term comprehensive strategy for managing the non-wilderness cultural resources of the park. The document provides specific guidance and sets priorities for the management of cultural resources within non-wilderness areas. Other elements of cultural resource management, including the treatment and use of historic structures, historic districts, and cultural landscapes in wilderness and potential wilderness, will be part of the park’s upcoming wilderness stewardship plan.

Isle Royale National Park Photos

Isle Royale National Park - Rock of Ages Lighthouse

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Isle Royale National Park - Rock of Ages Lighthouse

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Isle Royale National Park

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Isle Royale National Park - Moose

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Isle Royale National Park - Moose

Marking the Morning

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Marking the Morning

Daisy Farm, Isle Royale National Park.

A fine place to hide a ship

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A fine place to hide a ship

McCargoe Cove is named after Captain Robert McCargo of the Royal Navy. McCargo hid his ship here for the duration of the War of 1812 so that the Americans would not capture it. It's a long, skinny bay with an island guarding much of the entrance.

It worked.

Note the spelling variants for his name. I've followed cconventions.

Birch bark

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Birch bark

A lot of standing dead birch trees had started fall apart in sections about 18-24" (45-60cm) long. Those that fell down also tended to break up into pieces of about that size.

Then the wood and bark decay on the forest floor. Circle of life.

Happy Spring

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Happy Spring

Minong Trail, May.

Eagle looks down on you

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Eagle looks down on you

Stoll Trail, Isle Royale National Park

Got the Lake Desor blues

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Got the Lake Desor blues

Our first campsite on our summer trip to Isle Royale.

Between two bays

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Between two bays

Isle Royale National Park

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Isle Royale National Park

Stretch hiking across the entire island during our trip this summer. You can check our our entire blog post about our trip and our other adventures, including the Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Pacific Crest Trail Hike, Florida Trail Thru hike, and tons of other state and national parks at www.hikerlore.com

Wood Lilly in Isle Royale National Park

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Wood Lilly in Isle Royale National Park

Taken at the end of the Stoll Trail hike in Isle Royale National Park. You can read our blog post about our backpacking trip across the unique island at www.hikerlore.com

Dragon Fly on Isle Royale National Park

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Dragon Fly on Isle Royale National Park

Tons of dragonflies to photograph in the park, while we hiked across the 40 mile isle. Check out our blog about our hike through the park at www.hikerlore.com

Isle Royale National Park - Lily North

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Isle Royale National Park - Lily North

At Windigo, Michigan

Moskey Basin

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Moskey Basin

Moskey is famous for its sunrises, since it points toward the rising sun during summer season. We were there for lunch, but had a lovely time nonetheless.

Minong wildflowers

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Minong wildflowers

May on Isle Royale's Minong Trail.

Headland Sunset

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Headland Sunset

View from Todd Harbor, Isle Royale National Park, to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park outside Thunder Bay, Ontario.

There's always a first

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There's always a first

This was our first skunk cabbage on this trip to Isle Royale.

It definitely wasn't the last!

Perhaps a little for me?

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Perhaps a little for me?

This one deserved the name (attempted) "camp robber." The species is also known as gray jay, Canada jay, and whiskeyjack.

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