Reviewed by SCgregg1 on September 5, 2009
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Isle Royale backpacking is divided into two segments. The Minong Ridge and the Greenstone Ridge. The Minong is more remote and challenging.
There is much to see and do on the island, and 'getting there' can be fun too. Trust me :)
Here are some ways to access Isle Royale National Park:
Houghton, MI (Ranger III): 6.5 hours one way. A 165 feet, 125-passenger vessel that offers ferry service from early June through mid-September to and from Rock Harbor. For reservations: email ISRO_Ranger3Reserve@nps.gov, or write to: Isle Royale National Park, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI 49931-1869
Houghton, MI (Seaplane Service): 0.5 hour one way, on-demand air service mid-May through September service to Rock Harbor and Windigo, reservations write to: Isle Royale Seaplane Service P. O. Box 371 Houghton, MI 49931-0366
Copper Harbor, MI (Isle Royale Queen III): 4.5 hours one way, 81 feet, 100-passenger vessel. Operates mid-May through September service to and from Rock Harbor, write: The Royale Line, Box 24, Copper Harbor, MI 49918-0024
Grand Portage, MN (Voyageur II): 1.75 hours one way to Windigo, 6.25 hours one way to Rock Harbor. A 63 feet, 48-passenger vessel. Operates mid-May through October service to ports around Royale Isle, including Rock Harbor. For reservations: write to:
Grand Portage-Isle Royale Transportation Line, Inc.
1507 North First Street
Superior, WI 54880-1146
Grand Portage, MN (Wenonah): 3 hours one way. A 65 feet, 149-passenger vessel. Operates June through Labor Day service to and from Windigo. For reservations, see above.
Check out the NPS website for more information on Isle Royale.
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