Welcome Back To Isle Royale

Have you been counting the days until Isle Royale reopens for the 2017 season? We can’t wait to take you to this beautiful island paradise. While you’re counting the days until you can soar off to the spectacular wilderness, catch up on what’s new this season on Isle Royale.

Isle Royale Passes And Fees

Hill Island

Maintaining and improving Isle Royale is a high priority, and these costs are covered by entrance fees to the park. Here is what has changed for 2017:

  • Daily Entrance Fee: Isle Royale will now charge a fee of $7 per day for each visitor. This applies to everyone over the age of 15.
  • Federal Recreation Passes: Isle Royale will now honor all Federal Recreation Passes for the pass holder and up to three adult guests. The admission fee will not be charged.
  • Season Pass: The new Isle Royale season pass costs $60 and will cover up to 4 people total for the 2017 season. The season boater pass has been discontinued; boaters can purchase the new season pass instead.

How can you pay the fees? The best and easiest way is to pay in advance through pay.gov. After you’ve paid the applicable fees, you’ll only need to show a printed or electronic receipt at the park to get in. This way, you’ll avoid waiting in long lines to pay your entrance fees when you get there. If you’re staying overnight, you’ll still need to get your permit at the visitors’ center.

What To Do On Isle Royale

Once you’ve gotten there, with the wealth of options at Isle Royale, the next big question is what to do first! Below are some exciting activities:

  • Canoeing and kayaking: Isle Royale National Park features many miles of waterways for boaters to explore. But make sure you have the right equipment; canoes need to be at least 15′, and for kayakers, you’ll need a sea kayak rather than a recreational one.
  • Hiking: Isle Royale features several hiking trails of various lengths. A day hike on the island is an excellent way to explore the island close up and take in its spectacular scenery. Just make sure you have the proper safety equipment and sturdy shoes.
  • Ranger programs: Kids from ages 6 to 17 can participate in Isle Royale’s Junior or Wilderness Ranger programs. Our park rangers provide wilderness training and the students will receive a badge to show off what they’ve learned.

How To Get There

Isle Royale is rather isolated; in fact, it’s much closer to Ontario than it is to mainland Michigan! There are no bridges to the island, so the only ways to get there are by air or sea.

There are several ferries running to Isle Royale from the towns of Houghton and Copper Harbor, Michigan, or Grand Portage, Minnesota. The ferries run on variable schedules, allowing for both day and overnight trips, and the journeys last anywhere from 3 to 6 hours each way, depending on which port you sail from.

On the other hand, we believe the best option for getting to Isle Royale is by seaplane! Compare the hours-long ferry trips to only around 35 minutes in the air, leaving you more time to spend in the park. We leave from the Portage Canal Seaplane Base in Hancock, Michigan, and take you to either Wendigo or Rock Harbor on Isle Royale. On your short trip, you’ll see unrivalled views of the gorgeous Keweenaw Waterway.

Let Isle Royale Seaplanes Take You To Paradise

Ready to make the trip? We can’t wait to take you! Give us a call today at (906) 483-4991 or send a message through our website to start your wilderness adventure.

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Hancock Portage Canal
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21205 Royce Road
Hancock, MI 49930

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Grand Marais, MN 55604

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