Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn

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Trip Dates:

July 12, 2015 through July 19, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$3,895 - $4,295 per person double occupancy; $550 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Isle Royale National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

July 12-19, 2015

Only 4 spots left on this summer sojourn to Isle Royale!

"Our 1,555 mile walk around Lake Superior was so filled with variety and stories that we are anxious to return, share our stories with you, and share thanks to the lake for the most amazing summer of our lives." Mike Link, ParkScapes Guide

Start with a scenic drive along the rugged, north shore of Lake Superior as we head to the Northwoods wilderness.

We will spend an evening cruising the Apostle Islands as the sun sets over this beautiful national park. Then it’s on to one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes and the roadless wilderness island of Isle Royale National Park. Our time in this largely undeveloped island archipelago are filled with visits to historic fishing camps and other excursions by land and lake. The Isle Royale Institute—a joint partnership of the National Park Service, Michigan Tech University, and the University of Minnesota Duluth—has been conducting research on the interactions between Isle Royale’s moose and wolf populations for over 50 years. On this journey, we will take an in-depth look at their work. Then it’s off to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, our final destination of the trip, for a visit to Keweenaw National Historical Park and other local parks.

Each day of this sojourn is filled with top-notch naturalists, free time activities, and loads of fun.

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Tour Highlights

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

These 21 islands off the coast of northern Wisconsin are known for its collection of historic lighthouses, hiking trails, sea caves and natural animal habitats. 

Isle Royale National Park

This roadless paradise is accessible only by boat or float plane, and has maintained a biological and ecological uniqueness that has earned it status of International Biosphere Reserve.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Duluth, MN/Houghton, MI

Length of Tour

8 days/7 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets. 

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Daily Itinerary

July 12: Duluth, MN to Bayfield, WI

After arriving in Duluth, MN, we will make our way toward Bayfield, WI. Along the way, we can stop at the Amnicon Falls State Park to discover the beauty of the area. After a welcome reception at the inn, we will spend the evening cruising the waters among the Apostle Islands, viewing the scenic features of Lake Superior’s light stations and sea caves in the sparkling late day sun. Rittenhouse Inn (D) 

July 13: Bayfield, WI to Copper Harbor, MI

Before we continue our drive to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we’ll make time to explore the sandy beaches and maintained trails of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We continue on our way, exploring the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and the Lake of the Clouds – one of the most beautifully scenic areas in Michigan.

Day’s end will find us settled into our lodge in Copper Harbor, enjoying a lovely festive dinner and anticipating our voyage to Isle Royale. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

July 14: Voyage to Rock Harbor, Isle Royale National Park

Rise and shine! We’ll board our ferry for Isle Royale bright and early this morning. The ferry passage is about three hours, so we’ll have lunch at Rock Harbor Lodge, where we will spend the next three nights. From the lodge, we’ll begin our exploration of this vast wilderness! Rock Harbor Lodge (B, L, D) ,L,D)

July 15 and 16: Isle Royale National Park

Our schedule for the Isle Royale days will vary depending on weather and individual interests of participants; however, here is an idea of what to expect:

These two full days are spent entirely on Isle Royale, home of one of the most famous biology studies in the world—the over 50-year population study of moose and wolf. Due to its isolation and continuous study, the island has offered biologists an unusual opportunity to study the complex interactions between species in a very special ecosystem. Included are easy canoe and kayak tours, moderate interpretive hikes, and hands-on learning.

We meet a scientist with the wolves and moose research team who provides us with the latest results of their fascinating research. During our time on Isle Royale we examine animal signs and with a little luck, see a moose or two! Isle Royale, along with its amazing natural history, also has a fascinating human history. Each day on Isle Royale is filled with top-notch interpretation, free time activities, and lots of fun. For the daring there is always the opportunity for a refreshing dip into sparkling clear—and cold—Lake Superior! Rock Harbor Lodge (B,L,D)

July 17: Voyage to Copper Harbor, Michigan

This morning, one of our final adventures will take us to Hidden Lake and Lookout Louise. Walk from the lake side to the ridge top where you can see distant Ontario and Isle Royale's north side, then return to Hidden Lake for the boat ride to Rock Harbor. After lunch, bid farewell to Isle Royale as you board the Isle Royale Queen IV for our Lake Superior crossing to Copper Harbor, Michigan. The three-hour boat ride includes an interpretative session with our guides. Our early evening docking allows time to get acquainted with Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (B,L,D) 

July 18: Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan

Spend the day at Keweenaw National Historical Park and other state parks in the “U.P.” We'll conclude our final evening with a farewell dinner. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

July 19: Departures Home from Houghton, Michigan

Transfer to the Houghton Airport (in Hancock, Michigan) for afternoon flights. (B)

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$3,895 - $4,295 per person double occupancy; $550 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Special Note

Note: Isle Royale National Park offers few modern conveniences beyond a small lodge and restaurant; rooms offer private bathrooms and spectacular views of Lake Superior. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and extended time outdoors.

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Travel Partner

Off the Beaten Path

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Lodging Info

Rittenhouse Inn

Rock Harbor Lodge

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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