Mrs. T. and I have visited and/or camped in many of our wonderful National Parks across the country. Our latest a few weeks ago was Isle Royale. Join us for a quick look…..
We joined our local tour group, Historic Travel and Adventures, for the bus ride to beautiful Copper Harbor on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The next day we hopped aboard a ferry for the trip to Isle Royal.
The Park, located in Lake Superior's northwest corner is a wilderness archipelago - a roadless land of wild creatures, unspoiled forests, refreshing lakes, and rugged, scenic shores - accessible only by boat or floatplane. Travel on and around the island by foot, boat, or float plane. Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails ready for exploration and 36 campgrounds for backpackers and recreational boaters. Excellent fishing opportunities abound on one of the Island's many inland lakes or on Lake Superior.
Approaching Isle Royale
Ninety nine percent of the island is wilderness though there was a visitor center and a nice lodge nearby. The wilderness aspect was exemplified by the fact that the vast majority of people aboard the ferry were young and carrying heavy looking backpacks. The atmosphere was remindful of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness (BWCW) without the canoes. That kind of living was long past for us and we were just visiting for the day. We joined a Ranger for a short walk/talk after a picnic lunch provided by our tour director.
Later, after a "required" visit to the gift shop, the shopper and I hike a trail for about an hour. We checked out one campground which surprisingly had some shelters. This was a new wrinkle for me as I was used to pitching my tent under the stars. I don't know if this was typical of all the camping areas or not.
Along the trail lots of woodland wildflowers. For us Minnesotans used to red it's an unusual purple columbine.
To explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude. My kind of place.....