General Information on Isle Royale Travel
G.P.I.R. Transportation Line - What Sets Us Apart
- We are the only transportation provider to Isle Royale National Park that operates two boats. This enables us to offer numerous travel options, allowing multiple pick-up and drop-off points.
- We offer the shortest distance and fastest trip to and from Isle Royale National Park.
- The majority of your travel time along our routes affords you beautiful views of the coastline of Isle Royale National Park.
- Day trip passengers will spend more time on the island, 4 hours on the island, only an hour and a half on the boat, all for a special day rate.
- Be sure to click on the "News and Events" link on the homepage, there is a lot of up to the minute info there that cannot be found elsewhere on the site, including tips for booking online.
NEW ENTRANCE FEE COLLECTION PROCEDURE
- ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK HAS MADE A CHANGE TO ENTRANCE FEE COLLECTION. CONCESSIONS OPERATORS WILL NO LONGER BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT THE ENTRANCE FEE, IT WILL BE COLLECTED BY THE PARK THROUGH AN ONLINE PAYMENT. CONTACT THEM AT https://www.pay.gov/public/form/start/67093923 OR AT 906-482-0984.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US REGARDING ENTRANCE FEES THE LATEST IS INFO IS AVAILABLE FROM THE PARK!
- ***CANCELLATION POLICY*** All reservations cancelled at least two full weeks prior to the scheduled trip date are subject to a 15% fee, 85% of fare will be refunded. If a reservation is cancelled within two weeks of scheduled trip date, there is NO REFUND. You MUST call us to cancel a reservation prior to the trip date or no refund will be made. If WE cancel a trip due to weather or any other conditions, you will receive a full refund of all fares, however, you must be present to receive the refund, if you are not present you will be deemed "No Show" and forfeit your refund. Reservations are good only for the dates reserved, they are not transferable to other dates or people without prior approval from GPIR and a revised confirmation will be issued. PLEASE, be sure of your trip before booking. Due to things in life changing without warning, it may be prudent to consider purchasing trip insurance from a third party provider.
*Note* All reservations require a full fare remittance at the time of the reservation. A reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. Payment can be made by cash, Visa, Mastercard, ( we DO NOT accept checks).
- All campers and lodge guests please arrive and be ready to load 45 minutes prior to departure. Day trip passengers should arrive 20 minutes prior.
- Parking fees are charged by the marina, not GPIR, cost is approx. $4.00 per day per car, trailers extra. Pay for parking when you return to Grand Portage in the marina office.
The Village of Grand Portage requires Isle Royale visitors must park in the marina parking lots, vehicle parking while at Isle Royale in any other area is prohibited.
- VISA and Mastercard accepted for advance reservations. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE ONLINE AT ISLEROYALEBOATS.COM
- Lodging, meals, snacks, and camping are available in Grand Portage. Camping is available at Grand Portage campground and R/V park only. No camping or overnight car camping is allowed at Hat Point Marina.
- Gasoline for your boat cannot be carried on passenger vessels, but may be purchased at Rock Harbor and at Windigo on Isle Royale.
- Pets of any species are not permitted in the park, there are a few specific exceptions.
Contact Isle Royale National Park for details.
- Camp and stove fuel,(butane, propane, white gas) can be contained in your packs if you are riding on the Voyageur II, except for carry on packs inside the passenger cabins. If you are riding on the Sea Hunter, all fuel must be removed from packs and placed in the containers on the dock near the boarding stairs. This fuel will be stowed in lockers above deck and returned to you upon arrival.
- No fishing license is required on Isle Royale inland lakes, but state of Michigan regulations apply. (Lake Superior waters require Michigan license).
Contact Isle Royale National Park for details.
- Potable tap water is available only at Windigo and Rock Harbor. Fires are only allowed at a few selected campgrounds on the island, and only in designated fire pits, check with park rangers for details. Hikers and campers are recommended to carry a water purifier and self-contained camp stove.
- All passengers are limited to 40 lbs. of gear per federal regulations on vessel capacity. GPIR reserves the right to weigh all baggage. If you have baggage in excess of 40 lbs. you can transport it as added freight, the cost is per 100 lbs. and must be added at the time of booking your reservation. Thankyou for your understanding of this policy.
- GPIR office in Grand Portage, MN. is open from May thru October during the operating season. It is located in the Hat Point Marina, next to the Voygeur II dock. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Mon-Fri,the office is closed Saturday and Sunday. Office phone is (218)475-0024.
- In the last few years we have all watched our fuel costs rise uncontrollably and dramatically, GPIR was unable to continue to absorb these costs and in July 2006 we had no choice but to implement a fuel surcharge. As our rates are published at the beginning of the calandar year, this is the only fair way we found to recoup these extraordinary operating increases. The surcharge is recalculated only when we receive a fuel load, not on the daily average fuel price, it is a real surcharge, not a profit center. We regret the charge, but our fuel costs are approaching a 300% increase and fluctuate too much to figure into a passenger fare that is published anually. The surcharge is added to the ticket price at time of booking. The surcharge has been between $4-$8 per trip.
Thank you for your understanding.
Travel Safety, First Aid, Water and Other Issues
- Potable water is available at Windigo and Rock Harbor on Isle Royale.
- Weather and lake conditions can deteriorate unexpectedly. Temperatures can drop rapidly, especially near Lake Superior, where water and air temperatures are cool year-round. Please bring appropriate dress for both cool and warm weather, as well as rain and foul-weather gear.
- Bring a good first aid kit when hiking or paddling, as well as a sufficient supply of any needed medications.
- Basic emergency services are available on the island, but contacting rangers for assistance can be difficult. Emergency response and evacuation may take time, requiring you to rely on your own skills and equipment. Most private boaters on Lake Superior have radios and can contact park rangers in the event of an emergency.
- If you pack it in, pack it out! Please do not burn, bury or place trash, food scraps or other garbage in the outhouses. Please carefully package any leftover food or garbage and pack it out of the backcountry with you.
- Please take care to contain all gear inside of packs. Due to safety and damage concerns we will not allow pots/pans, water bottles, shoes, boots etc. to be attached to the outside of packs. After removal from the boat you may arrange items as you wish.