Visiting Isle Royale National Park

Planning a trip to Isle Royale National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Isle Royale National Park, Michigan.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park Basics

Region: Midwest / Great Lakes

Park Size: 571,790 acres (893.42 sq miles) (2,313.95 sq km)

Location: Keweenaw County

Closest Cities: Houghton Michigan: Grand Maris, Minnesota

Busy Season: June to September

Visitation: 26,410 (in 2019)

How much does Isle Royale National Park Cost?

Acadia National Park costs the following:

  • $7 per day per persons over 16

An annual Isle Royale National Park Pass costs $60 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $20 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Isle Royale National Park Open?

Isle Royale National Park is only open from April 16 to October 31 (weather pending)

Are dogs allowed in Isle Royale National Park?

No, pets are not allowed within four and a half miles of the outermost land areas of the park. Due to the unique and isolated ecosystem on Isle Royale, pets are banned for the protection of the wildlife species. Pets could inadvertent transmission of disease or parasites to the island.

Service dogs are allowed on the island but must obtain a service dog permit before arrival. Click here to learn about bringing a service dog to Isle Royale.

Where are Isle Royale National Park’s visitor centers?

Houghton Visitor Center – April to October

Rock Harbor Visitor Center – April to October

Windigo Visitor Center – April to October

Land Acknowledgments for Isle Royale National Park

The National Park known as Isle Royale National Park sits on Michif Piyii (Métis) and Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Where to stamp your National Parks Passport Book in Isle Royale National Park?

The National Park Passport Book is the BEST and cheapest National Park souvenir. Every National Park Obsessed person should have one of these books.

If you are new to the National Parks, you can learn more about the National Parks Passport program here or jump right in by ordering:

IMPORTANT: Do NOT stamp your government-issued passport.

There are six official stamps for Isle Royale National Park. Here is the list of National Park Passport Stamps you can get in Isle Royale National Park:

  • Houghton, MI
  • NPS Centennial
  • Rock Harbor, MI
  • USNPS Ranger III
  • Windigo, MI
  • Windigo, Mich.

Bonus Stamps

  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association
  • Junior Ranger

Isle Royale National Park Passport Stamp Locations

Here are all the locations to find the Isle Royale National Park Passport Stamps. Not every stamp is available at every location.

  • Houghton Visitor Center
  • Rock Harbor Visitor Center
  • USNPS Ranger III
  • Windigo Visitor Center

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