You cannot speak of Isle Royale National Park long without mentioning Lake Superior. The two have a symbiotic relationship just like the moose and wolves that reside here.
Being a 9 mile wide island in the largest fresh water lake in North America you never far from its rocky shores. In fact, according to the park newsletter, if you walked around the island along the Lake Superior shoreline, you would hike 337 miles.
The first step in getting to Isle Royale is to cross the huge lake. You can do this by either ferry or seaplane. I choose the Isle Royale Queen IV Ferry that leaves daily through September 1 from Copper Harbor, Michigan. I arrived in this tiny lake town to witness and unbelievable sunrise over Lake Superior.
Once we were loaded aboard, it was three and half hours across the lake. Fortunately, the waves were gentle on my cruise both coming and going. I met a couple who were on the ferry the day after I arrived and they referred to the boat as the barf boat as many people got sick due to six feet swells.
Once you land you are never far from the lake. Even if you hike the Greenstone Trail down the center of the island, you will get peaks here and there of Gitche Gumee from every high point or observation tower. If you are smart, you will divert off this trail from time to time and hit some of the wonderful Lake Superior Campgrounds like Three Mile, Lane’s Cove, McCargoe’s Cove, and Todd and Little Todd Harbor.
If you want more Isle Royale photos, check out my inland photo essay.
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