Isle Royale, MI Backpacking & Camping
8 Days, 7 Nights
Rock Harbor, Isle Royale
Explore the best of the “Big Island” on our 45 mile traverse of Isle Royale, the best kept secret of our national parks. A natural sanctuary for wildlife and nature lovers, Isle Royale offers opportunities to observe moose, beaver, muskrat, fox, mink and a vast array of other wildlife in their natural habitat. Spend your nights relaxing around the campfire listening for the nocturnal serenade of wolves or the call of the loons. One of our Top 5 places to visit in the United States, Isle Royale will take you away from it all.
Day 1: We'll meet in Grand Portage, MN to get acquainted over dinner and spend the night at a local campground. We rise early the next morning to catch the ferry out to Isle Royale.
Day 2 -6: Upon arrival in Rock Harbor we will spend the week backpacking to Windigo, crossing the entire island. We will be travelling anywhere from 6 to 10 miles per day. Although the trail is rated "moderate", there is an occasional difficult section with a knee-bending climb. Camping is primitive but comfortable at the five national park campgrounds. We ask that you participate in all camp activities, including cooking, washing dishes and setting up and breaking camp, in order to hone your wilderness camping skills and have the finest and most complete outdoor experience possible.
Day 7: We pack up our gear and prepare to leave this beautiful island, returning to Grand Portage by ferry, to spend one last night at a local campground (we try to camp near some hot showers this night!), celebrating and enjoying the week's memories. Day 8: Breaking camp a final time, we make our farewells and head home. **This itinerary is subject to change.
The main access point for visitors landing on Isle Royale is Rock Harbor. According to research Rock Harbor sits four miles from the northeastern end of the forty-five mile long island.
History Trivia: Two structures in Rock Harbor: The Rock Harbor Light and the Edisen Fishery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.