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Help Isle Royale stay wild by following these best practices on your powerboating or sailing trip.

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Boating Guide

All the information you need to keep you safe and legal while visiting Isle Royale in your boat.

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Gasoline, diesel and pump-out services are available in Rock Harbor and Windigo during business hours.

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Boater Permit Request

Request a permit in advance by contacting the park prior to your departure.

A wooden sign says "Visitor Center Boat and Camping Registration U.S. Customs"

Any vessel arriving from Canada must clear US Customs at the Rock Harbor Visitor Center using the self check-in station.

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Enjoy fishing the waters of Lake Superior and the island's numerous inland lakes and streams.

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Boating Safety

Be prepared for any Lake Superior challenge.

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Boat-In Campgrounds & Docks

A table listing boat-in campgrounds and docks.

A large green fish with silver worm-like markings underwater

Isle Royale's distinct topography continues underwater, providing habitat for rare fish.

Last updated: June 5, 2023

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800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931


906 482-0984

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