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Isle Royale National Park (U.S. National Park Service)


A Superior Wilderness. Isle Royale’s physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island’s ...

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                                                                                                                                                    Isle Royale’s physical isolation and primitive wilderness
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                                                                                                                                                    challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has
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                                                                                                                                                    become the Island’s main attraction. Accessible only by boat
                                                                                                                        Brochures, Handouts, and    or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park
                                                                                                                        Park Newspaper              through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways,
                                                                                                                        Group Camping               exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its
                                                                                                                        Reservations                shipwrecks.
                                                                                                                        Group Camping Brochure


                                                                                                                                                    Ranger III

                                                                                                                                                    The Ranger III, located in Houghton, Michigan, is the largest 
                                                                                                                                                    ship owned and operated by the National Park Service. The
                                                                                                                                                    Ranger III is also the largest ship which supports and
                                                                                                                                                    provides transportation services to Isle Royale National
                                                                                                                                                    Park. Reservations for the 2011 season will begin January 2, 
                                                                                                                                                    to make an online reservation click here. To view the 2011
                                                                                                                                                    rates and schedules, click Here. If you would like to make 
                                                                                                                                                    a reservation for limited space to the island in late 
                                                                                                                                                    September and October or you would like to make a
                                                                                                                                                    reservation for the Keweenaw Waterway Cruise, please call


                                                                                                                                                    Emergency Response Guide for Handling Ballast
                                                                                                                                                    Water to Control Non-Indigenous Species

                                                                                                                                                    This field guide was developed as an aid to incident
                                                                                                                                                    responders responsible for handling ships with high-risk
                                                                                                                                                    ballast water which maybe laden with non-indigenous species
                                                                                                                                                    and harmful pathogens. To view this guide, click here.

                                                                                                                                                    Isle Royale Cultural Resources Management Plan

                                                                                                                                                    The park has begun the process towards the formulation of
                                                                                                                                                    a Cultural Resource Management Plan. The plan will address 
                                                                                                                                                    the general management, preservation, public use, and
                                                                                                                                                    interpretation of cultural resources island-wide. To follow the
                                                                                                                                                    progress of this plan, please click here.
                                                                                                                                                             Emergency Prevention and Response Plan and new
                                                                                                                                                             bait use and boat cleaning restrictions for Viral
                                                                                                                                                             Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHSv) at Isle Royale
                                                                                                                                                             National Park.

                                                                                                                                                             The plan focuses on preventing, detecting, responding, and
                                                                                                                                                             accessing the risk of VHSv introduction in the four units of
                                                                                                                                                             the National Park Service located in Lake Superior and the
                                                                                                                                                             Grand Portage Indian Reservation. The plan also provides a
                                                                                                                                                             framework for response. To view the plan, click here. To 
                                                                                                                                                             view the official news release, click here.

                                                                   Write to                                                                                 Climate

                                                                   Isle Royale National Park                                                                Lake Superior weather is cool throughout the operating
                                                                   800 East Lakeshore Drive                                                                 season, causing dense fog in spring and summer months.  
                                                                   Houghton, Michigan 49931-1869                                                            The lake’s water temperature rarely exceeds 52 degrees
                                                                                                                                                            Fahrenheit, while Island temperatures rarely exceed 80
                                                                   E-mail Us                                                                                degrees.  Thunderstorms and rain occur throughout the 
                                                                                                                                                            season, causing rapid changes in wind and wave conditions.  
                                                                   Phone                                                                                    Weather and rough seas rarely delay departures to and from
                                                                   Visitor Information                                                                      the island. 
                                                                   (906) 482-0984

                                                                   (800) 727-5847


                                                                   (906) 482-8753

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                                                                                                                                                    Did You Know?
                                                                                                                                                    The last glacier receded from this area about 10,000 years ago. As the
                                                                                                                                                    glaciers melted, they formed a huge lake which permanently separated
                                                                                                                                                    Isle Royale from the mainland. Today, the coolness of the big lake
                                                                                                                                                    (Lake Superior) creates a climate in which artic plant species grow.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2011 at 06:37 MST

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