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Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park






Description of Isle Royale National Park

Location: Keweenaw Couny Map

Area: 571,790 acres (2,314 km2)


Isle Royale National Park is a large expanse of forest and water located in Keweenaw County of the Upper Michigan, USA. Isle Royale National Park covers an area of 571,790 acres (2,314 km2). The Royal Island is the largest of local lakes - Lake Superior, with 72 kilometers in length and 14 km wide. The park is composed of the own island Royale and multiple adjacent islets, as well as the 7.24 km contiguous to the coastline. Isle Royale National Park was created on April 3, 1940. In 1976 it received the name of Wild Area and in 1981 UNESCO granted it the title of Biosphere Reserve. In comparison with other parks in the United States, Isle Royale is small, since it only has an area of 2,314 km², of which 542 km² are located on the surface of the water.


There is small fishing industry present along with mining and a small population. Due to the large number of islets and rocks, the boats were guided through a network of lighthouses, to avoid collisions. These lighthouses nowadays contribute not only to regulate navigation but also to give the park a special character.




Fees and permits

A fee of $4 per calendar day on the island is charged for visitors 12 years and older, and to save time upon arrival is collected en route by the services providing transportation to and from the island. Note that the interagency parks passes do not apply to this fee.

Isle Royale National Park visitors are required to file a plan with the rangers indicating the campgrounds they expect to use each night. This serves to make sure campers' plans are consistent with party-size and duration-of-stay limits on campgrounds (and reality), and to help the park service estimate campground usage. They don't care if you change your mind along the way (they expect that to happen), and only ask that campers let them know where you actually stayed before leaving. Special permits and reservations are required for groups of 7-10, for off-trail hikers, and for canoeists camping outside of designated campgrounds. Because noise levels go up exponentially as the size of camping parties increase, groups of more than 10 must split up and hike and camp separately. Fishing in Lake Superior and connected waters requires a paid license from the state; inland lakes have no licensing requirement. Hunting in Isle Royale National Park is not permitted.





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