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All About Michigan

September 19, 2019

Michigan's Isle Royale


Isle Royale is an island in the Great Lakes that is located in the northwest of Lake Superior.  It is 56 miles from the Michigan shore.   The island and the 450 surrounding smaller islands and waters make up the Isle Royale National Park. 


The island is 45 miles long and 9 miles wide.  Ferries from Michigan and Minnesota land at Rock Harbor on the eastern end of the island.  Ferries from Minnesota also run to Windigo on the western end. There is also seasonal sea plane service. 


There are no roads on the island and, in fact, no wheeled vehicles or devices other than wheel chairs permitted by the public. 


Siskiwit Lake is the largest lake on the island. It has cold, clear water and contains several islands, including Ryan Island, the largest. Ryan Island contains Moose Boulder. 


The island was a common hunting ground for native peoples from nearby Minnesota and Ontario. In prehistoric times, large quantities of copper were mined on Isle Royale and the nearby Keweenaw Peninsula. The region is scarred by ancient mine pits and trenches up to 20 feet deep.


Learn more about Michigan's Isle Royale in today's All About Michigan!  


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