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Isle Royale

Isle Royale Backpacking Trip-Rock Harbor to Windigo (2024)

Join us as we travel to Isle Royale for 6 days of backpacking on this crown jewel of the Midwest that is only accessible by boat or seaplane. During this trip we will spend 6 days, backpacking into the heart of Isle Royale's plush forest and rocky outcroppings.

Isle Royale Backpacking Trip-Rock Harbor to Windigo (2024)
Isle Royale Backpacking Trip-Rock Harbor to Windigo (2024)

Time & Location

Aug 16, 2024, 6:00 AM – Aug 23, 2024, 6:00 PM

Isle Royale, Isle Royale, Michigan, USA

Guests

About The Event

This event is listed as a Class 3, Advanced Level, backpacking trip. You should be conditioned for hiking 10+ miles a day, and able to carry a load of 40-50 lbs for consecutive days in a row. If you have not traveled with us in the past, we will call you after registering to confirm that you will be able to complete this trip.

Some places are hard to get to, and that can be a good thing. Accessible only by ferry seaplane or personal watercraft, Isle Royale, located on an island in the middle of Lake Superior north of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, offers Alaska-like solitude and a badge of honor for Midwesterners in search of unique hiking experiences. The remoteness of Isle Royale National Park makes it one of America’s least-visited, and we think that makes it even more special. Let True North Expeditions take on the daunting work of planning a backpacking trip to Isle Royale for you. 

Your ticket price will include transportation from predetermined locations, lodging in Grand Portage, and round-trip transportation to Isle Royale. Your total gear weight must not exceed 40 lbs. Travel on the boat may be treacherous, depending on the weather and lake conditions. You should expect to be on the boat for up to 8 hours on the first day of the trip.

For general information about Isle Royale National Park, please visit this link.

Pick-up from Grand Marais Airport is also available (KCKC, 123 Airport Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604).

A registration deadline will be set for this event. Please see our cancellation policy as it differs from all of our other events. 

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Depart Huntley and arrive in Grand Portage
  • Hotel stay/dinner at Grand Portage Casino

Day 2

  • Voyager II boat to Isle Royale
  • Arrive at Rock Harbor (approximately 7 hours on the boat)
  • Short hike to camp

Days 3-6

  • Island Traverse (Rough milage 50 miles)

Day 7

  • Voyager II back to Grand Portage

Day 8

  • Depart Duluth and return to the Chicago area

Cost

We have a few different ticket options for this event.

*You can pay the full ticket price when registering or secure your spot with a nonrefundable deposit of $250 and pay the remainder at least 60 days before the event. If you do not remit payment for the remainder of your ticket balance within the allotted time frame, your spot may be released to someone else and you forfeit your deposit.  We use the Voyager II for transportation to Isle Royale. Seating is extremely limited on this boat, we purchase the seat for your travel as soon as you register. A delay in registering with us could result in not being able to obtain a seat on the boat, in which case your deposit will be refunded 100%.

  1. Admission-No Lodging. The ticket price is $1049. This ticket price includes all permits, round-trip transportation to Isle Royale via boat, and access to a satellite phone while on Isle Royale.
  2. Admission-Double Occupancy Hotel. The ticket price is $1259. This ticket price includes transportation from a predetermined location in the Midwest, 2 nights of double occupancy lodging at the Grand Portage Casino Hotel, all permits and camping fees, round-trip transportation to Isle Royale via boat, and access to a satellite phone while on Isle Royale.
  3. Admission-Single Occupancy Hotel. The ticket price is $1469. This ticket price includes transportation from a predetermined location in the Midwest, 2 nights of lodging in a private room at the Grand Portage Casino Hotel, all permits and camping fees, round-trip transportation to Isle Royale via boat, and access to a satellite phone while on Isle Royale.
  4. Gear Rental. The ticket price is $475. This ticket includes gear rental for one person and includes all of the items listed below. We will contact you with a list of additional required gear before the start of the trip. Gear Rental includes a backpack, 1 or 2-person tent, Sleeping bag, Sleeping pad, Backpacking stove/fuel/long-handled spoon, water filter, trowel, Ursack food storage bag, headlamp, and trekking poles. 

Meals

You are responsible for your meals during the entirety of this trip. 

Safety

All True North Expeditions staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid/CPR. This event will also have one paramedic/EMT-B assigned to each group. Our guides are experienced in wilderness and outdoor travel and are equipped with GPS and satellite phones during every portion of this event.

 

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations 60 days or less from the date of the event. $250 deposits are not refundable unless we are unable to secure transportation for you on the Voyager II.  All other cancellations are subject to a 50% service fee. Refunds will be issued using the original payment method. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing, we will notify you when the refund has been issued. 

True North Expeditions, Inc. reserves the right to substitute the routes or transportation listed in the description above in the event of inclement weather, availability, or other uncontrollable events.

(Permitted with approval of the National Park Service)

You can find us listed as a confirmed commercial guide service on the official ISRO NP website: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/commercial-services.htm

Tickets

  • Admission-Double Occupancy

    This ticket price includes transportation from a predetermined location in the Midwest, 2 nights of double occupancy lodging (first and last night of the event), snacks and drinks during transportation, all permits and camping fees, round trip transportation to Isle Royale.

    $1,259.00
  • Admission-Single Occupancy

    This ticket price includes transportation from a predetermined location in the Midwest, 2 nights of lodging in a private rooms, all permits and camping fees, This ticket price includes all permits and camping fees, round trip transportation to Isle Royale. Participants are expected to bring all meals and backpacking equipment for this trip (a detailed list will be provided).

    $1,469.00
  • Admission-No Lodging

    This ticket price includes all permits and camping fees, round trip transportation to Isle Royale. Participants are expected to bring all meals and backpacking equipment for this trip (a detailed list will be provided).

    $1,049.00
  • Gear Rental

    Gear rental includes the following: Rental gear is available and includes the following: -Backpack -Sleeping bag -Sleeping pad -UL Pillow -1 or 2 person tent -water purifier -Stove/Fuel canister -Headlamp -Trekking poles -Trowel -Dry bag or Ursack for food storage

    $475.00

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