The following tips and suggestions are from my own personal experience during a recent visit. I’m hopping they will help if you find yourself heading up to this wonderful island on Lake Superior.
Carry on Items
When taking the ferry over to the island the ferry operators will store your pack and gear on top of the boat. If you want to take pictures or eat something and it’s already packed, make sure you have this on you before handing your pack over to the ferry operator.
Snacks & Money
The Voyageur II did have complimentary coffee for passengers and snacks to purchase. Another tip would be to have your wallet on you and not in your pack if you’d like to purchase snacks.
The ferry operator will also collect the park fees for your trip. This is all handled at the boat and if you have correct change and cash with you it will make your boarding much quicker. At the time of this writing the National Park charges a $4.00 per night fee for camping in back-county.
Isle Royale Souvenir
The camp store offers hot food and is a treat after several days of backpacking food. When we were there they had pizza’s. You are paying for the convenience and everything is boated over so the prices are slightly higher. It was nice to see the store offer canister fuel for hikers who carry Jetboil or isobutane type stoves. Why is this a tip or suggestion you may ask? It’s always nice to end a trip with good food. The tip would be to allow yourself time to grab some food before the ferry arrives.
If you are at all sensitive to motion sickness, I’d recommend bring some motion bands or Dramamine. The day we took the ferry the weather was great and the water was relatively calm. However, when the wind picks up the waves and ride on the ferry has been known to get people sea sick. Prepare yourself and bring along something just in case.
For website links and resources please check out my previous top 3 websites for Isle Royale post.
Do any of my readers have suggestions or tips on getting to Isle Royale?
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