​​​​Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Lines

Camping And Hiking Trips

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 detailed map of Isle Royale and the docks we provide service to.

Please Note The Following Before Proceeding:

  • Voyageur II may not stop at any docks other than Windigo and Rock Harbor unless there are reservations.

  • Inter-island stop times are approximate.

  • If you are planning to return using our service you are required to make your return reservation at the same time you make your outbound reservation. 

  • We strongly recommend that you make your reservations for both boats at least a month in advance, as they tend to fill up.

Voyageur II  2019 sailing dates are May 11th-October 3rd (Providing service around Isle Royale in two days)

Outbound Route from Grand Portage, MN to Isle Royale National Park, MI 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 Isle Royale National Park, MI to Grand Portage, MN via the south side of Isle Royale:
DEPART: Rock Harbor, Isle Royale - 8:00 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 11th 2019 - May 26th, 2019: Outbound trips to island Wednesday and Saturday; Inbound trips from island Thursday and Sunday.
May 27th, 2019 - September 15th, 2019: Outbound trips to island Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; Inbound trips from island Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
Sept 14th is the last trip for pickup in McCargoe 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 18th, 2019 - October 3rd, 2019: Outbound trips to island on Wednesday; Inbound trips from island on Thursday; *Saturdays and Sundays day trips back and forth to Windigo each day and depart Grand Portage at 8am and Windigo at 1pm.

Sea Hunter III 2019 sailing dates are June 5th-August 31st (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 5th, 2019 - July 6th, 2019: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
July 10th, 2019 - August 11th, 2019: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
August 14th, 2019 - August 31st, 2019: To and From Windigo on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

*Sept 21st, 2019 - Sept 29th, 2019: To and from Windigo Saturday and Sunday aboard the Voyageur II (departs 8:00 am outbound from Grand Portage and departs 1:00pm inbound from IRNP)

Departure Times
Passengers must be at the boat dock and prepared to board at least 45 minutes prior to departure.

​$72.00 Grand Portage to Windigo/ Windigo to Grand Portage
$86.00 Grand Portage to any designated same day stop beyond Windigo/Any designated same day stop beyond Windigo to Grand Portage
$54.00 - $67.00 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.
$49-$60 Inter-island travel for children under 16 years of age
free Any trip for children 3 years of age and under
$65 Child under 16 Grand Portage to Windigo/Windigo to Grand Portage
$78 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.) 

Fuel Surcharge
All reservations include a fuel surcharge of $4 for travel between Grand Portage and Windigo, and a charge of $8 for travel to and from any point beyond Windigo or inter-island trips. These fees will be added to your total before 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.

Gear Restrictions

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. 

Weather Conditions
Our boats traverse the largest of the Great Lakes during many weather conditions. Wind speed and direction on any given day determine 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.

Cancellation Policy 
Please read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation. 

All reservations cancelled at least two full weeks prior to the initial scheduled outbound trip date are subject to a 15% fee and 85% of fare will be refunded. If a reservation is cancelled within two weeks of the initial outbound trip date or if you fail to arrive on your departure date ("No Show") there is absolutely NO REFUND, nor are ticket transfers to other persons allowed within that time frame. Our cancellation policy is non-negotiable regardless of circumstances. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. 

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 and check in with our office staff to receive the refund. If you are not present you will be deemed "No Show" and will forfeit your refund. 

Reservation Changes

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. Making a change to the dates of a trip is not allowed within two weeks of the initial departure date.

Have you read, and do you agree to the preceding policies? 

If so, please click "I AGREE" to continue with ONLINE BOOKING.