Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park by Mark Baldwin via Shutterstock.

Isle Royale National Park, located in Lake Superior, Michigan, is a rugged, isolated island ideal for wilderness exploration. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, it offers solitude and untouched beauty.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Michigan
Area: 571,790 acres (2,314 sq km) – 18th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Desor – 1,394 ft (424.89 m)
Lowest Elevation: Lake Superior – 601 ft (183.19 m)
Date Established: April 3, 1940
Annual Visitors: 25,454 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Isle Royale National Park.

  1. Scuba diving to explore shipwrecks
  2. Canoeing and kayaking on inland lakes
  3. Wildlife viewing, especially moose and wolves
  4. Fishing in both lake and marine waters
  5. Joining ranger-led boat tours

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Isle Royale National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Isle Royale National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Isle Royale National Park

After hiking and exploring Isle Royale National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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