Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, everchanging weather, a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park. This wilderness archipelago is 45 miles long and nine miles wide at its widest point. The park encompasses a total area of 850 square miles including submerged lands that extend four and a half miles out into Lake Superior. The archipelago is composed of many parallel ridges resulting from ancient lava flows, which were tilted and glaciated. There is excellent fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and plenty of spots to observe wildlife. Isle Royale is roadless and relatively untouched by direct outside influences. It is accessible only by boat or float plane and open only from April through October.
Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails accessible from numerous points around the island that connect all campgrounds except those accessible only by boat. Off-trail travel is permitted, but difficult because of dense vegetation, bogs, and swamps. Numerous lakes, bays and islands provide good paddling opportunities for canoes and kayaks. Overnight docking and anchoring at selected areas are available for both power boats and sailboats. Visitors can take a scenic hike to view a Lake Superior panorama and spot abundant wildlife including moose and fox; take a sightseeing cruise to beautiful spots on the island; explore abandoned copper mines; visit a historic commercial fishery still in operation; and catch native lake trout on a fishing charter while trolling along one of Isle Royale's reefs.
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