Michigan's Remote and Wild Isle Royale National Park
Explore by water
As a water-based park, Isle Royale offers a unique twist on the typical national park scenic drive. The 40-foot MV Sandy casts off from Rock Harbor every day in high season, cruising out to various islands and ranger-led hikes.
For the adventurous, sea kayaking may be the ideal way to explore because it provides easy access to the park's smaller islands. Among the great paddling destinations: the 1855 Rock Harbor Lighthouse, now housing a small museum; the restored Edison Fishery, an example of the family-owned commercial fisheries that thrived here in the early to mid-1900s; and Bangsund Wolf Research Station, its grounds filled with wolf skulls and moss-covered moose antlers.
Keeweenaw Adventure Company offers four- to six-day kayaking and camping trips that allow visitors to take in everything Isle Royale has to offer. The island's Rock Harbor Lodge also has canoe, kayak and motorboat rentals.