Virus upsets summer plans for Isle Royale park

Virus upsets summer plans for Isle Royale park
May 26, 2020 The Associated Press

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Wolves and moose won’t notice much human company at Isle Royale National Park.

The remote island in Lake Superior said it’s delaying the summer opening because of coronavirus restrictions. Camping might become available by late June or July but there will be no ferry service.

It means visitors would need to arrive with their own boat or by seaplane when the wilderness park opens. Rock Harbor Lodge will remain closed for the season.

“There just doesn’t seem to be a safe way to bring that many people together in the boats or in the facilities’’ on the island, said Liz Valencia, chief of interpretation and cultural resources at Isle Royale.

The island is part of Michigan but is about 15 miles from the Minnesota shore. The park has an office in Houghton, Michigan.

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Featured image: An image taken from Rock Harbor at Isle Royale National Park shows the Ranger III at the dock during sunset. (Photo Credit: Michael Palko via National Park Service)


  1. Anthony Santana 4 years ago

    Hi, Where is this photo taken on this ssite?

    • GLN Editor 4 years ago

      Hi, The photo is from Pure Michigan on Michigan.org of the Isle Royale National Park.

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