Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Isle Royale National Park

Located in Michigan, the Isle Royale National park is another lesser known National Park that also requires visitors to be transported by either boat or seaplane. We recently talked about Dry Tortugas National Park, which also is remote enough to use boat or seaplane for visitors.

The History of Isle Royale National Park

In 1976, the park was turned into a dedicated wilderness preservation area. With over 175 miles for hiking and 36 campsites, this National Park is perfect for your adventure loving family. Rock Harbor is a great place to hike as well as the Windigo area.

Photo Courtesy: National Park Service
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service

Things to do while visiting Isle Royale National Park

Perhaps canoeing and kayaking are more up your alley. Never fear, you can do that too! There are tons of lakes, bays, and islands to explore while you are visiting the park. If you don’t have a kayak or a canoe to bring along on your trip, then there are some available for rent.

There are a wide variety of animals in the park that you can get up close and personal with, assuming the members of your party don’t scare them off! There are historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and plenty of spots to observe the moose, wolves, loons, beaver, fox, and other small mammals and birdlife.

The Lodge

Photo Courtesy: National Park Service.
Photo Courtesy: National Park Service.

There is a lodge on site, called the Rock Harbor Lodge, these cabins and rooms are nestled into the woods with beautiful views out each window!

Things to Know about Isle Royal National Park

Isle Royal National Park is one of the few spots in North America that you can very clearly see the Northern Lights. A visit to the park on a clear night will delight you with a light show.

There are an abundance of moose on the isle that migrated over when Lake Superior was frozen over many, many years ago. A hike around the isle will delight you with a chance to see moose up close and personal, from a safe distance of course!

There are very few wolves still left on isle, at last count there were only two. As far as predators go in this habitat the wolves are the only ones that the moose face, so the population is booming.

Have you visited this National Park? If you haven’t, do you think you will add it to your National Park bucket list?

What to know about Isle Royale Michigan