What to do in Isle Royale National Park

September 09, 2022

What to do in Isle Royale National Park

As one of the least visited National Parks in the system, Isle Royale National Park has the most return visitors of any other park. Once you’ve stepped foot on this island, you’ll be drawn back to it year after year. But what is the best way to get to the Island, and what can you do there while you’re visiting? We’re here to help you make the most of your experience in one of the most remote National Parks.

Map of Isle Royale National Park

Getting to Isle Royale can pose a challenge as cars are not allowed on the island. The lack of cars allows for a peaceful experience in nature. Located in the northern section of Lake Superior it is only accessible by boat or plane. There are many private services available to get you where you’re going. You can catch a ride from Grand Marias or Grand Portage in Minnesota, or from Houghton or Copper Harbor in Michigan. Isle Royale boasts two different ports; one on the southern end, Windigo, and one on the northern end; Rock Harbor. To get the most detailed directions for how to get to Isle Royale visit the National Parks website here: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Xplorer Map of Isle Royale National Park

So, what is there to do in a place with no cars and no modern amenities? With miles of paddling around the island, as well as many inland lakes to take advantage of, a boat is great way to take in the scenes. There are many opportunities to fish for trout, walleye, and pike. Isle Royale also has the National Park Services’ most intact collection of shipwrecks that experienced scuba divers can explore by diving into the depths of the lake. Find more info about the wrecks and their exact locations here: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/scuba-diving.htm.

While there are not many amenities, one lodge and one restaurant are available to those who choose not to rough it in a tent or bring their own provisions. The Rocky Harbor Lodge is located on the Island's northeast side near the Rock Harbor Port.

We hope that these few hints will help you have the best time at Isle Royale National Park!