Copper Harbor is the gateway to Michigan's island National Park.
a true wilderness experience
Isle Royale National Park is America’s great island wilderness park. Established in 1940 to preserve the second largest island in the Great Lakes for future generations, pristine Isle Royale is 45 miles long, 9 miles wide, and is located 55 miles northwest of Copper Harbor across Lake Superior. The island has more than 150 miles of superb hiking trails and dozens of wilderness campgrounds. Isle Royale has become a Mecca for hikers, backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, and fishing, a place of unspoiled natural beauty and solitude almost impossible to imagine east of the Mississippi. The one developed area in the park, Rock Harbor, is where Copper Harbor’s Isle Royale Queen IV sails to daily in summer and where the island’s one hospitality facility, the Rock Harbor Lodge, offers wonderful accommodations for those who want to experience wilderness in comfort.
Explore Isle Royale by joining a Keweenaw Adventure Company all-inclusive, multi-day guided sea kayak tour. A 5-star experience, customized to you ambitions, physical abilities and paddling experience. Take advantage of the smaller boat-only accessible campsites and avoid some of the inland campsites with higher capacities. Choose between single or tandem sea kayaks and experience ancient volcanic shorelines from the comfort of your cockpit and the untouched pristine woodlands from the comfort of your campsite. Professional guides prioritize safety first, and provide an unforgettably entertaining and educational experience. Kayak instructional, gear and equipment, food, ferry transport and park permit fees included. Advanced reservations required. Visit website or call 906.289.4303 to learn more.
Copper Harbor became the Gateway to Isle Royale in the 1930s when the first ferry boats began sailing charters to the remote and rugged island wilderness. Our village has become the principal port of departure for visitors to America’s great island national park, currently on the 100-foot ferry the Isle Royale Queen IV. The Queen is a fast, comfortable, and safe ship that makes one of the longest ferry runs across open waters in the United States. The Donald Kilpela family has held the franchise for this national park service since 1971. Crossing time on the Queen is 3 hours and 45 minutes. Conditions on Lake Superior in summer are mostly favorable for enjoyable crossings to the magnificent Isle Royale wilderness.