Your Invitation to a Superior Wilderness

Explore a rugged, isolated island far from our connected communities. Isle Royale offers adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, paddlers, and divers. Cross Lake Superior and make a commitment: Become a part of this island, and let it become a part of you. Find peace and refuge in island wilderness – because Isle Royale, in turn, finds refuge in us. Help Isle Royale stay wild.

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Can I visit Isle Royale in the Fall?

Visiting Isle Royale after Labor Day can be a challenge as services and transportation begin to shut down. Plan ahead; options are limited!

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Stay Wild Video Library

Videos from Isle Royale Stay Wild, a trip planning series describing best practices for your visit to the island.

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How to Travel to Isle Royale

Multiple ferries and a seaplane service transport visitors to the park.

People sit on a dock as the sun sets over water in front of them.
Where to Stay

Find your home in the island wilderness.

The Windigo Visitor viewing the front entrance ramp and porch.
Fees and Passes

Will Your Interagency Annual or Senior Pass cover entrance fees? Yes. Find out more details here.

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Overnight Camping & Backpacking Permits

Small-party permits are for those camping overnight in the park with 6 or fewer people (excluding boaters, see below)

Sun shines through a dense white cedar forest.
Comment On Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Wilderness Stewardship Plan at Isle Royale National Park released. Public comment period open now.

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Read The Greenstone Park Newspaper

Your one-stop trip planning guide.

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Boaters Permit in Advance

Isle Royale requests that all boaters permit in advance through the Houghton Visitor Center. Call 906-482-0984.

Last updated: September 13, 2023

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800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


906 482-0984

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