Welcome to the Isle Royale Info site. This site is dedicated to providing information about Isle Royale National Park located in Lake Superior. It is meant to be a central point of reference for anyone wanting to go there, or just know more about Isle Royale.
Below are some direct links to some key sites related to the park. They are all operated independently from this site. Selecting the image will open the site in a new tab in your browser.
Isle Royale National Park
This is the "official" Park Service website for Isle Royale National Park. It contains many details on the park, operating dates, fees, contact information, brochures and more. Included among all of the "official" information, is details on the Ranger III, the Park Service ferry operating out of Houghton, Michigan. The Ranger III provides ferry service to Rock Harbor, overnights, then returns to Houghton the next day.
Grand Portage - Isle Royale Transportation Line
The Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Line operates the Voyageur II and the Seahunter III. They are private ferries providing transportation to and from the park from Grand Portage, Minnesota. The Voyageur II travels to Windigo, then on to Rock Harbor making designated stops (if scheduled) along the north side of the island. She then overnights at Rock Harbor, leaving the next day and making designated stops (if scheduled) along the south side of the island and stopping at Windigo, before making the return trip to Grand Portage. The Seahunter III does same day round trips from Grand Portage to Windigo.
Copper Harbor - The Isle Royale Line
The Isle Royale Line operates the Isle Royale Queen IV. It is a private ferry providing transportation to and from the park from Copper Harbor, Michigan. She does same day round trips from Copper Harbor to Rock Harbor.
Houghton - Isle Royale Seaplanes
Isle Royale Seaplanes operates a private seaplane from Houghton County Memorial Airport in Laurium, Michigan (approximately 6 miles north of Houghton/Hancock). It provides flights from there to and from either Windigo or, Rock Harbor. It will make several round trips daily if scheduled.
Isle Royale Forums
This is a discussion board for topics related to the park. It was originally hosted on this site, but is now hosted on another site and run by someone else. It is monitored by many people who have been to the island, or who are planning to go. It is the best place to ask any questions you might have or read answers to questions that people have asked before. You will get a variety of opinions and experiences here. It is the best place to post questions and get answers. I do not have time to answer all of the questions I get, and on the web board, you will find a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Isle Royale Natural History Association
The Isle Royale & Keewanaw Parks Associations (Originally known as "The Isle Royale Natural History Association") is a non-profit educational organization. In partnership with the National Park Service, it promotes the public's understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park.
Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale
The home page for the Isle Royale Wolf and Moose study. This research project is the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world. Their page has information of the current status, history and future of this study. There are many facts, stories, reports, pictures and much more included on the site.
Isle Royale Familes & Friends Association
Their mission statement: "To continue the over 100-year presence of family heritage, culture and rich human tradition on Isle Royale; to assure the preservation of historic family dwellings; to enhance the experience of NPS staff and Park visitors by serving as authentic links to Isle Royale's rich human history". They are "dedicated to our ancestors who through their foresight and love of Isle Royale, helped to preserve its treasures. Today the last remaining original families, who are representative of the fishing, resort and cottage culture that existed from the late 1890´s are clinging to a history and heritage that may soon be lost forever."
Isle Royale Boaters Association
This is a non-profit association representing Isle Royale boaters. Their mission statement: "Our mission is to educate, represent, and promote the interest of power and sail boaters, sport fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, backpackers, and all visitors of Isle Royale National Park". They are "involved in Isle Royale issues including educating the public about Isle Royale, performing neglected National Park Service maintenance, and working to preserve Isle Royale as the nation's only maritime park, as it was originally created to be."
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