As an in-house writer for Off the Beaten Path, a good chunk of my day is spent researching travel destinations – reading magazine articles, perusing traveler reviews, gaining insight from travelers’ blogs, and speaking with locals. And whether I’m writing about Sedona, Steamboat, San Francisco, or Silver City (New Mexico, in case you didn’t know), […]
Isle Royale National Park is a rugged wilderness of forests, rocky ridges, and small lakes. It is also the site of a decades-long study tracking the relationship between the island’s moose and wolf populations. The island park is accessible only by boat or seaplane. There are no paved roads and all the human inhabitants leave in the winter, returning control of the island to its wolves and moose, red squirrels and bats, river otters and loons.
The trip starts with a scenic drive along Lake Superior en route to the Keweenaw Peninsula on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From there it’s onto the world’s largest freshwater lake, and off on a three-hour ferry ride to remote Isle Royale. Because it’s difficult to get to, Isle Royale is the least-visited national park in the Lower 48, with about as many visitors in a year as Yosemite gets in a relatively quiet day. Our two days in this largely undeveloped archipelago will be filled with visits to historic fishing camps and other excursions by foot and by boat. You’ll also have a chance to ask a scientist about the decision to reintroduce wolves in 2018 after the population crashed to two, a father and daughter.
Top-notch naturalist guides, free time for optional activities, and a nice variety of lodges make this a compelling, one-of-a-kind trip.