Greetings from Isle Royale National Park

About 50 years ago, I rode the NPS Ranger III Ferry to Isle Royale(but the Ojibwe named it first- (Minong),hundreds of years prior to the first Europeans(white men), first the French fur traders, accompanied by the Jesuit priests(blackrobes) in the 1600’s. The Ojibwe traveled from nearby Grand Portage, just up the N. shore of L. Superior(Githchi Gummi) in their hand built birch bark canoes; to camp, fish, make maple sugar and even established a village. I hiked its rugged trails, canoed and caught lake trout, camped, picked its wild, tasty blueberries, observed moose, saw wolf sign and treasure the memories, the crystal clear water and unparalleled forest and gorgeous views from the highest trail, the Greenstone ridge Trail where the Canadian shoreline is visible to the North. It is a jewel, hidden six hours by the NPS Ferry from Houghton, MI.


Isle Royale National Park

This rugged, roadless island is the largest wilderness area in Michigan. See moose, beavers, foxes, snowshoe hares, loons, osprey, bats, and other animals without the interruption of cars and other aspects of modern civilization. Try hiking sections of the popular Greenstone Ridge Trail, the longest and highest ridge on the island and access point for many of the campsites, to experience a cross-section of the park’s untamed habitat.

State(s): Michigan

Established: 1931

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