Isle Royale

Houghton, Michigan 49931

Isle Royale

Isle Royale Professional Guide

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"Isle Royale is the epitome of untamed wilderness in the Upper Peninsula. To reach it requires a lengthy ferry ride across miles of Lake Superior’s deeps. If you’re willing to do the extra planning required for a trip here, you will be well rewarded.

This island is an environment unlike any other available in the Midwest, boasting 612 species of lichens (about 200 more than any other national park) and thirty-two species of orchids. The island also supports a thriving moose population and a small wolf pack, but has no white-tailed deer or bears. Moose sightings here are not uncommon."

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Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast (Falcon Guides)
Ted Alvarez
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"This rugged coastline hike soundtracked by howling wolves and keening loons might be the best in the Midwest. Take everything there is to love about upper-Midwest hiking—serene forests, rocky bluffs, the soundtrack of howling wolves and lilting loons, and above all, those glorious lakes—turn it up to 11, and you have Isle Royale. The island’s charms are in full force on its northeastern tip, where the trail hugs the shoreline for constant lake views. It’s here, where dry land’s victory over the water’s countless incursions of bays, inlets, and waves never seems totally assured, that you’ll best appreciate the drama of this rugged refuge." Read more

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Best May through mid-September
Isle Royale National Park Headquarters, (906) 482-0984
Local Contacts
USGS Rock Harbor Lodge, Belle Harbor quads
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Dec 2018