Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Visits to Isle Royale National Park start by crossing the cold waters of Lake Superior. Once there, explore the wild Northwoods forest, discover scenic, rugged shores, and create memories that will last a lifetime. IR is one of Michigan’s five national parks. This island is full of wildlife and outdoor adventure.
Even though it is a national park, you won’t find crowds of people. Isle Royale is one of the least examined national parks in the country, but not for lack of beauty. Convenience is the problem. It is accessible only by boat and closed in winter. A five-hour boat ride from the Upper Peninsula is the easiest way to get here. Isle Royale tallies such a low visitor count that more folks visit Yellowstone in a single day than Isle Royale may see in a year. That alone makes it incredible, but there are many other reasons why you should go on a backpacking trip here.
You’ve got camping, boat rides, scuba diving, kayaking, and also, um, wolves! Over the past decade, the island’s honored pack of wild wolves had decreased to just two, but in 2018 the National Park decided to fix this issue, and as of spring 2019, the pack was up to 15. Its private environment makes it the perfect location for visitors to connect with the nature around it. So pack up your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and don’t forget to bring the binoculars!
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