Stay Wild Daytripper & Lodge Guest Orientation Video

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Hey, day-trippers and lodge guests. Isle Royale's wilderness attracts thousands of visitors each year. So how you treat the park when you visit matters. Isle Royale can stay wild. Here's how you can help. Know before you go. Isle Royale's weather can be unpredictable. Pack your bag with the elements in mind, including rain gear and warm layers for the Lake Superior crossing.

Before your visit, contact the park to see what services will be available during your trip. Be sure to bring essential items you may need from the mainland. Visitor centers are found in Houghton, Rock Harbor, and Windigo. Stop in to get your passport stamped, Junior Ranger booklet, or to get in touch with a ranger. Contact the park for operating hours prior to your trip. Play it safe.

Accidents can happen on Isle Royale's rugged, rocky trails. Having proper footwear and staying hydrated can reduce your risk of injury. Emergency medical services on the island are limited. Practice self-reliance and take care. Protect your park. Everything in Isle Royale is protected. So leave it where you found it. This includes rocks, flowers, antlers, and other park discoveries.

Make sure any trash finds its way to a waste receptacle in Rock Harbor or Windigo. Share the space. Never approach, feed, touch, or disturb wildlife. If an animal changes its behavior, you are too close. Throughout your adventure, be considerate of your fellow National Park visitors. Visit the park website for trip planning guidance and current conditions prior to your trip. Thank you for doing your part to help Isle Royale stay wild.


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Help Isle Royale stay wild by following these best practices for your day visit.


Last updated: May 25, 2022

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