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Isle Royale National Park Now Open

Getting there will take some effort but Isle Royale National Park is now officially open.

Island ferry service from the mainland to the island doesn’t begin until mid-May.

Park officials say there is still some ice coverage in the bays and inlets, which is typical for this time of year.

There are four passenger ferries and one seaplane that provide service to and from the island.

The Ranger III is the largest passenger ferry providing service to and from Isle Royale National Park and operates between Houghton and Rock Harbor on the northeast end of the island.

The Isle Royale Queen IV operates between Copper Harbor and Rock Harbor.

Isle Royale Seaplanes will take you from the Keweenaw to either Rock Harbor or to Windigo on the southwest end of the island.

Two other ferries bring passengers to and from Grand Portage, Minnesota.

Reservations are strongly recommended as services do fill up, especially in the peak season from late-July through mid-August.

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