National Park changes fees for 2017 season

HOUGHTON — Isle Royale National Park will move forward for the 2017 season with a new entrance fee to replace its existing user fee. The new rates will take effect January 1, 2017 for visitors planning a trip any time after the park opens April 16, 2017.

The new entrance fee will consist of:

-A $7 per person daily entrance fee. It is charged to enter or remain within the park per calendar day.

-The Isle Royale Season Pass (valid April 16, 2017 through October 31, 2017) will cost $60 and include up to 3 adults traveling with the pass holder as is consistent with other Federal Recreation Passes.

-All Federal Recreation Passes (Annual, Senior, Access, Military) will be honored. Entrance fees will be waived for the pass holder and up to 3 adults traveling with the pass holder.

-The $150 season boat rider pass will be discontinued. Boaters may purchase the $60 Isle Royale Season Pass instead.

-Children ages 15 and under will be exempt from paying entrance fees.

Park fees have not increased since 1997 while the costs of managing the park and providing visitor facilities and services has increased significantly. All fees collected at Isle Royale remain in the park and are primarily used for trail and dock maintenance projects.

Daily entrance fees may be paid ahead of your trip online Isle Royale National Park). The Isle Royale Season Pass may be purchased ahead of your trip from the Houghton Visitor Center.

All Federal Recreation Passes may be purchased in person upon arrival to the Houghton, Rock Harbor, or Windigo Visitor Centers; when purchased from this park, all fees support Isle Royale National Park.

If you have questions regarding how this fee change may affect your visit, please visit our website,, or contact the park at (906) 482-0984.