There’s a reason so few Americans ever step foot on Isle Royale.
It’s far too isolated.
Nestled 56 miles offshore in Lake Superior, you embark on a three-hour ferry ride from the town of Copper Harbor at the tip of northern Michigan. Once on terra firma, you’ll quickly realize that Isle Royale is one national park that has absolutely no roads.
Most visitors go for extended hikes along the silvery beaches, atop the rugged cliffs or into the towering forest. A better choice is to bring sea kayaks aboard the ferry and paddle from campground to campground along the shores of the island.
You’ll no doubt spot moose and hear the howls of wolves at twilight.
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931