Isle Royal National Park in Michigan is so beautiful I could easily do five to ten photo essays and still have enough photos left over. That would get a little ridiculous, so I am going to limit it to two.
One will be this one, which will focus on the inland portion of this fifty mile long by ten mile across island in Lake Superior. The other will concentrate on the Lake Superior shoreline.
The inland geography of Isle Royale is quite fascinating and it is amazing how it changes from one scenery to the next sometimes in minutes. You have hardwood and boreal forests, bogs, over 40 inland lakes, rocky dry cliffs and 1,500 foot mountains and ridges all within a small island. There are over 165 miles of hiking trails, so it is quite easy to explore.
Unfortunately, unseasonably high temperatures and a problem filtering water hampered my ability to explore the island as much as I wanted to, but I did spend 6 nights camping and enjoyed my time. I look forward to returning later in the fall or earlier in the spring in order to avoid the warm temperatures. More on these issues will be forthcoming in later posts.
Isle Royale is on many lists for the least visited U.S. national park; however, the captain of the ferry noted that according to the park service the island is one of the most re-visited parks in the system. I can see why after spending a week there and having hiked the park for two weeks when I was 10 years old with my dad. The park has a way of getting a hold of you and making you want to return. I hope you can see why through the photos in this post.
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