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How Did You Get Here? A Naturalist’s View of Isle Royale

Larry Stone

By air, by water or by ice, it’s fascinating to imagine how such a diversity of seemingly fragile organisms came to colonize the largest island on the world’s largest freshwater Lake. Read more

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Our National Parks

John McCormick

We celebrate our Lake Superior national parks, from Apostle Islands to Pictured Rocks, with these brief introductions. We encourage you to “Find Your Park(s)” all around the Big Lake. Read more

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Around the Circle This Week: March 25, 2016

The Soo Locks open today, researching sediment core samples of Portage Lake, saying goodbye to the wolves of Isle Royale, a proposed direct-reduction iron plant, a scheduled space record and more news. Read more

Mar 25, 2016 12:45 PM Superior Notes

In the early part of the 20th century, the America was an elegant, 182-foot package freighter that served fishing families, businessmen and tourists. All of that came to an abrupt halt June 7, 1928, when the steamer sank off Isle Royale. Read more


Rock Harbor Lodge

Courtesy Guys & Dolls Photography

What if you want to enjoy Isle Royale, but don’t like camping or don’t have the first clue about surviving a night outdoors? No problem. Check in to Michigan’s most remote lodge and the only operating hotel on the island. Read more


Isabelle, a lone Isle Royale wolf

Courtesy Rolf Peterson

Isle Royale Wolf Found Dead on Mainland

An Isle Royale wolf has been found dead on the mainland, along the Grand Portage Indian Reservation shore, after using an ice bridge to leave the island. Read more

Feb 25, 2014 1:10 PM Superior Notes


Rolf Peterson

A solid ice bridge over Lake Superior has formed between Isle Royale and the mainland, an increasingly rare link that could bring new life – quite literally – to an isolated and inbred Isle Royale National Park wolf population facing extirpation. Read more

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Fatal Diving Accident at Isle Royale; Kamloops Wreck Temporarily Closed

On Saturday, July 13, a recreational SCUBA diver exploring the Kamloops shipwreck at Isle Royale National Park was fatally injured in a diving accident. Park Superintendent Phyllis Green has temporarily closed the Kamloops to diving. Read more

Jul 15, 2013 10:35 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Shipping Out

The shipping season begins in earnest with the opening of the Soo Locks; gearing up for construction season around the Big Lake; the first saltie arrives in Duluth, the Great Lakes' most inland port; and the Madeline Island ice road closes. Read more

Mar 29, 2013 8:00 PM Superior Notes


Rolf Peterson

Isle Royale Wolf Population Down to Eight; No Pups Born in 2012

No wolf pups were born on Isle Royale in 2012, according to researchers, a grim turn for a population now down to just eight animals. Read more

Mar 27, 2013 10:28 AM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: New Tech Killed the Radio Station?

The Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station may close; a Superior, Wisconsin, refinery details plans for transporting crude oil on the Great Lakes; the Isle Royale winter wolf study ends in gripping fashion; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Mar 1, 2013 5:52 PM Superior Notes

Around the Circle This Week: Hope for Isle Royale's Wolves

New genetic testing reveals more female wolves on Isle Royale than previously thought; a jury sides with American Steamship Company in the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. case; Shawn Malone opens a gallery in Marquette; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Feb 22, 2013 5:22 PM Superior Notes



Lake Superior Journal: A Wild Moose Chase

We were instructed to hide behind a tree. The Wenonah glided into Washington Harbor on the west end of Isle Royale, as the National Park Service ranger on board explained what to do if we encountered a moose while hiking. Read more

Sep 17, 2012 2:27 PM Superior Notes


Courtesy Isle Royale Ferry Line

Lake Superior Journal: Here to There and Back

Donald Kilpela's family continues the legacy started by a brave Finnish fisherman who, with a kind heart, once squeezed on one more family for a ride to Isle Royale. Read more

May 12, 2010 8:14 AM Superior Notes


Rolf Peterson

Running for her life, the lone wolf flees into the cold waters of Lake Superior, where she is surrounded by 11 wolves from Middle Pack. Read more

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John Vucetich

A 50-year study tracks the swinging pendulum that is the relationship between Isle Royale's wolves and moose. For 38 of those years, Rolf and Candy Peterson have worked at the greatest laboratory of predator vs. prey in the world. Read more

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Lake Superior Journal: Wintering Over on Isle Royale

Howard Sivertson

Pete Edisen was one of the few winter residents who spent several winters at Rock Harbor. The last mail, freight and passenger boat left the island in late November each year, leaving them totally isolated until the following April. Read more


Rock of Ages Lighthouse

Dennis O'Hara

These offshore stations marked some of the most dangerous threats to navigation found anywhere, and the stories of their operation and maintenance speak volumes about the dedicated people who worked them. Come meet them and their islands. Read more


  • Isle Royale Cultural Management Plan

    National Park Service

    Isle Royale Cultural Management Plan

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