Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park

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Park Details

Isle Royale National Park was established on March 3, 1931, and has a total area of 571,790 acres (893 square miles, or 2,315 square kilometers).

Address 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI, 49931
Phone906 482-0984
HoursOpen yearly from April 16 through October 31. Closed other months.
Entrance Fee$7 per person daily
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Isle Royale National Park is the 296th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Isle Royale National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Isle Royale National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Isle Royale National Park are June, July, August & September.

Park Visits43755611,0554,8377,7148,7983,3424024758
Avg Temp202432486272777666513625
Max Temp353749678085888882705137
Avg Temp4818304149555547362411
Min Temp-21-15-7142838454230204-13
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Isle Royale National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Isle Royale National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Voyageurs & Isle Royale5807

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Isle Royale National Park.

Grand Portage National Monument53 mi
Keweenaw National Historical Park65 mi
Pukaskwa National Park123 mi
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore138 mi
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore149 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Isle Royale National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Sleeping Giant Provincial ParkThunder Bay, ON more 28 miles
Chippewa ParkThunder Bay, ON more 35 miles
Trowbridge FallsMurillo, ON more 40 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Isle Royale National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Loch Lomond Ski AreaThunder Bay, ON1,450 ft39%39 mi
Mount Baldy Ski AreaShuniah, ON1,607 ft38%40 mi
Mount BohemiaMohawk, MI1,500 ft71%55 mi
Mont RipleyHancock, MI1,140 ft43%68 mi
Trestle Ridge Ski HillTerrace Bay, ON921 ft13%81 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Isle Royale National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Isle Royale National Park.

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMSPMinneapolis, MN314 mi
Milwaukee Mitchell International AirportMKEMilwaukee, WI357 mi
O'Hare International AirportORDChicago, IL424 mi
Midway International AirportMDWChicago, IL438 mi
Detroit Metropolitan AirportDTWDetroit, MI479 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Isle Royale National Park.

Thunder Bay AirportYQTThunder Bay, ON40 mi
Houghton County Memorial AirportCMXHancock, MI64 mi
Nakina AirportYQNNakina, ON166 mi
Rhinelander Oneida County AirportRHIRhinelander, WI176 mi
Duluth International AirportDLHDuluth, MN191 mi
Range Regional AirportHIBHibbing, MN205 mi
Sioux Lookout AirportYXLSioux Lookout, ON206 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.