Visiting Isle Royale National Park, located in Michigan’s Lake Superior, for the first time was with much anticipation and uncertainty not knowing exactly what to expect and venturing into the unknown. The journey to reach the island is by boat or sea plane only, and the boat, the Isle Royale Queen IV from Copper Harbor in my case, ride over was delayed because of gale force winds and 14 foot waves which canceled the ferry trip. After a two day delay I finally departed but still faced 7-11 foot waves and a rough ride which took four hours. The Rock Harbor lodge is the only place to stay and the cabins were very nice.
They say that things will get better and once there, I soon realized what a treat I was in for. Although the weather provided varied and questionable skies there is so much to photograph. What nature provides one with is simply overwhelming as one looks over the rugged terrain and rocky shoreline. I can understand why it is considered one of Americas prime wilderness areas as access around the island is by hiking only. Being 40 miles long and 9 miles wide it might not seem that big by most standards but hiking it you soon realize how big the island is.
The awesome rock formations along the shores were simply breathtaking.
The main island is surrounded by 450 smaller islands which provides some perspective on how rugged and awesome the area really is.
The colorful and inspiring plant life growing out of the crevices provide so much to photograph you soon get caught up in all it’s splendor.
Hiking along the trails you soon find your hike is measured in hours instead of miles as there is always something to capture your imagination and entice you to bring out your camera.
The wildlife is amazing as there are 500+ moose and about 20 wolves in two packs, along with otters, beavers and of course fox squirrels etc. calling the island home. The birds are as varied as you might imagine with the loons, eagles, gray jays among many others that reside there.
My most intoxicating memory is of the eerie serenade of the loons every evening and morning reminding me how enthralled one can become in all nature has provided.
Would I return to Isle Royale? Absolutely Yes, in a heartbeat. Looking forward to blog updating the return. Next time I plan on a much longer stay than three days.