Our trip to Isle Royale National Park was one to remember for a long time. This trip was a blast as we flew onto the Island via Isle Royale Seaplanes to begin our backpacking adventure. John, who owns Isle Royale Seaplanes knows exactly what he is doing and landed us smoothly right into Tobin Bay, which is only a half a mile from Rock Harbor Lodge.
We started our trip right from Houghton, MI ( in the U.P. Of Michigan) which is a great little town. Our group got there the day before after our flight from Atlanta, GA. We stayed at the Arcadian Inn (which we highly recommend)
Our first day on the Island was spent getting our permits and listening to the Leave No Trace Awareness class hosted by one of the NPS Rangers. After everyone checked their packs, bought fuel, and got familiar with the Harbor, we trekked 2.7 miles to ThreeMile Campsite.
First night we all had dinner on the dock and watched our first of many amazing sunsets.
Our itinerary included: Moskey Basin, Chippewa Bay, and McGargoe Bay. All of these locations are rated some of the best spots to explore and camp on the entire Island. Rich with history and remnants of days gone by. Copper mines to explore and old structures can still be found. Our total miles for all 5 days of backpacking were 40 miles. (A few of us did more). Including an easy hike along the Greenstone Trail which divides the Island.
A checklist of things we wanted to see…and did. Northern Lights, a playful Red Fox, the Snowshoe Hare, amazing sunrises, Otters that came up on the dock to say hello, and much more.
After a lot of exploring and laughs, our last night ended up EPIC. At 1:30 AM a female moose and her calf decided to pay us a visit right next to our shelter. What a gift. We all got up out of the Shelter and just enjoyed the show.
This was truly a beautiful trip with so many great people. We have a trip planned for next year so check out our Adventure Trips to check out dates and times.