Why go to a park that’s overcrowded when you can go to one that claims only 14,000 visitors yearly? That’s half as many people as visit Yellowstone in a single day. Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, is rugged, isolated, and also boasts the largest return visitor percentage of any other National Park.
Isle Royale is another park that’s only accessible by boat or seaplane. It also closes in winter, one of the very few National Parks that do, shut down from November to mid-April. First and foremost, the Isle is a wilderness preserve. Humans are can only go on established trails and accessible lakes, while wildlife are not restricted in any way. Camping is allowed, and provisions are limited, but the fee is only $4 per day for each person over 12.
If you go make sure to bring plenty of bug spray. Try taking a boat tour around the park’s 400 satellite islands, or do it yourself with a canoe, kayak or sailboat. Isle Royale has been carefully managed for decades to protect the natural wilderness of the island, so be prepared for some truly amazing encounters with fox, loon, moose, and even wolves.
Cie McCullough Buschle | Cie McCullough Buschle lives with her dog Einstein and a cat named Burton Guster. She is a lifelong traveler and enjoys researching history through holidays, toys, and everyday objects. Cie is a sculptor and co-owns The Creative Chameleon, a place where kids and adults can create, paint, celebrate, and just have a lot of fun. Sometimes you can find her time traveling back to the Middle Ages as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.