Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines provides passenger service, as well as canoe and kayak transport, to various docks along the coastline of Isle Royale for backpackers and campers who intend to spend one or more nights on the island. The Voyageur II route offers visitors an opportunity to see the perimeter of the entire island and allows passenger drops at several trailheads and paddling embarkation points around Isle Royale. The boat travels clockwise around the island, stopping at Windigo, McCargoe Cove, Belle Isle, and ending at Rock Harbor on the outbound trip. The following day the inbound route makes stops at Daisy Farm, Chippewa Harbor, Malone Bay, and Windigo, before heading back to Grand Portage. We also offer intra-island travel for those wishing to move from point to point on the island without hiking the entire distance. CLICK HERE for a map of Isle Royale and the docks we provide service to.
Voyageur II 2017 sailing dates are May 6th-October 5th (Providing service around Isle Royale in two days)
Outbound Route from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale National Park via the North side of Isle Royale:
DEPART: Grand Portage, MN - 7:30 AM CDT
ARRIVE: Windigo, Isle Royale - 9:30 AM CDT
DEPART: Windigo, Isle Royale - 10:00 AM CDT
ARRIVE AND DEPART: McCargoe Cove - 01:00 PM CDT
ARRIVE AND DEPART: Belle Isle - 01:30 PM CDT
ARRIVE: Rock Harbor - 03:00 PM CDT
Inbound Route from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale National Park via the South side of Isle Royale:
DEPART: Rock Harbor, Isle Royale - 8:00 AM CDT
ARRIVE AND DEPART: Daisy Farm - 8:30 AM CDT
ARRIVE AND DEPART: Chippewa Harbor - 9:00 AM CDT
ARRIVE AND DEPART: Malone Bay - 10:00 AM CDT
ARRIVE: Windigo, Isle Royale - 12:30 PM CDT
DEPART: Windigo, Isle Royale - 01:00 PM CDT
ARRIVE: Grand Portage, MN - 03:00 PM CDT
May 6, 2017 - May 27, 2017: Outbound trips to island Wednesday and Saturday; Inbound trips from island Thursday and Sunday.
May 29, 2017 - September 17, 2017: Outbound trips to island Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; Inbound trips from island Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
Sept 16th is the last trip for pickup in Mc Cargoe Cove and Belle Isle. Alternate drop points are also required after this date as the weather conditions dictate if outbound trips travel on the north or south side of the island.
September 20, 2017 - October 5, 2017: Outbound trips to island on Wednesday; Inbound trips from island on Thursday; Saturdays and Sundays back and forth to Windigo each day and depart Grand Portage at 8am and Windigo at 1pm.
Inter-island stop times are approximate.
Voyageur II may not stop at any docks other than Windigo and Rock Harbor unless there are reservations.
We strongly recommend that you make your reservations for this boat in advance, as it tends to fill up.
Sea Hunter III 2017 sailing dates are June 7th-Sept 2rd (Providing service to and from Windigo, Isle Royale from Grand Portage, MN)
Service to and from Windigo from Grand Portage
DEPART: Grand Portage, MN - 08:30 AM CDT
ARRIVE: Windigo, Isle Royale Nat. Park - 10:00 AM CDT
DEPART: Windigo, Isle Royale Nat. Park - 02:00 PM CDT
ARRIVE: Grand Portage, MN - 03:30 PM CDT
June 7, 2017 - July 8, 2017: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
July 12, 2017 - August 13, 2017: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
August 16, 2017 - Sept 2, 2017: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
Passengers must be at the boat dock and prepared to board at least 45 minutes prior to departure.
$71.00 Grand Portage to Windigo/ Windigo to Grand Portage
$85.00 Grand Portage to any designated same day stop beyond Windigo/Any designated same day stop beyond Windigo to Grand Portage
$53.00 - $66.00 Inter-island travel between various same day designated island stops, the higher rate is the trip from Rock Harbor or Daisy Farm to Windigo and from Windigo to Rock Harbor.
$48-$59 Inter-island travel for children under 16 years of age
free Any trip for children 3 years of age and under
$64 Child under 16 Grand Portage to Windigo/Windigo to Grand Portage
$77 Child under 16 Grand Portage to any same day stop beyond Windigo/same day stops beyond Windigo to Grand Portage
Rates for canoes/Kayaks/Xtra Baggage etc.:
$40 Canoes/Kayaks (One Way)
$40 100# Additional Luggage and Gear in excess of 40# allowed (One Way)
$20 Bicycles (One Way Transport purposes only, bicycles are not allowed to be ridden while on the island.)
All reservations include a fuel surcharge of $4 to and from Windigo, therefore each day trip will have an $8 per ticket charge added to it when you check out.
All reservations require a full fare remittance at the time of the reservation. A reservation is not confirmed until payment is received. Payment can be made by Visa or MasterCard only.
National Park Entrance Fee
For information about the daily entrance fee and park passes please CLICK HERE. Keep your pass or proof of entrance fee payment on your person during boat transportation as you will need to present it to park personnel upon arrival.
Each passenger is allowed up to 40 lbs of gear. If you will have over 40 lbs of gear you need to add "Transport - Gear per 100lbs" to your initial reservation online or call our office ahead of time to add extra gear (see rates above) to ensure that we will have room on the boat for it.
Camp and stove fuel (butane, propane, white gas) can be contained in your packs if you are riding on the Voyageur II, except for carry on packs inside the passenger cabins. If you are riding on the Sea Hunter III all fuel must be removed from packs and will be stowed in a container above deck and returned to you upon arrival.
Please contain all gear INSIDE backpacks! Do not hang hiking boots, water bottles, etc. off your pack. Trekking poles must be lashed tightly onto packs. If sleeping bags or the like do not fit inside they must be strapped securely to the outside of the pack. Fishing rods should be in hard cases.
Our boats traverse the largest of the Great Lakes during many weather conditions. Wind speed and direction on any given day determines wave size that may affect your comfort on board. In addition, as the boat moves through the water even smaller waves may cause spray on the decks, and our vessels travel rain or shine. For these reasons we suggest passengers bring their rain gear with them in case. Please keep in mind that the lake is typically 30 to 40 degrees cooler than the air temperature on the mainland. Dress accordingly, in layers, and include a jacket and long pants. Our crew is dedicated to your comfort and safety and we ask that you come prepared for Lake Superior's varied weather conditions.
Please read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.
All reservations cancelled at least two full weeks prior to the scheduled trip date are subject to a 15% fee and 85% of fare will be refunded. If a reservation is cancelled within two weeks of your scheduled trip date there is NO REFUND. You MUST call us to cancel a reservation prior to the trip date or no refund will be made. Due to circumstances in life changing without warning it may be prudent to consider purchasing trip insurance from a third party provider.
If WE cancel a trip due to weather or any other conditions you will receive a full refund of all fares, however, you must be present to receive the refund. If you are not present you will be deemed "No Show" and will forfeit your refund.
If you need to change your itinerary on an existing reservation so you get picked up or dropped off at a different point and/or on a different day than you booked you may do so by calling our office. Changes are subject to availability and there will be a $10 charge for this service.
Have you read, and do you agree to the preceding policies?