Nearly everyone seems to have a bucket list of things to do, see, and experience before they move on to the next universe. As an outdoor educator, Yellowstone park ranger, naturalist guide, and nature mentor, I’ve been lucky to list and check-off my share of amazing national parks. While it’s hard to suggest places or […]
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.