In the northwestern portion of Lake Superior is a unique and remote island archipelago. Isle Royale National Park preserves 132,018 acres of federally designated wilderness. The Park consists of one large island surrounded by over 450 smaller islands, located in the largest freshwater lake in the world.
Set sail for an adventure that only miles of wilderness, a seaworthy sailboat, and a seasoned captain can provide.
As a participant you will have the total sailing experience, as much or as little as you choose: sail handling, coastal and celestial navigation, anchoring, steering, liveaboard skills, and engine maintenance. As well, you are provided daily opportunities for education via visits to scientists and historians on Isle Royale (including the indefatigable Rolf Peterson, chief scientist for the famous wolf-moose studies) and our own observations of Lake Superior’s unique ecosystem in a rapidly changing climate.
This sailing trip involves approximately 200-250 miles of daytime sailing, including two full-day passages to and from Grand Marais. Once we are there, hundreds of secluded bays and inlets are ideal for coastal sailing. With two kayaks and a dinghy lashed to our cabintop, exploring close to the water is a daily event. Hiking inland to lighthouses, museums, towers, and former mines are offered when possible as well.
Bring your sense of adventure and get ready to discover one of Lake Superior's most precious gems. At this trip’s end, you will have developed a new appreciation for Isle Royale, formed a unique bond with your shipmates, and put hundreds of sailing miles under your belt.
Please contact the North House Folk School to sign up for this trip. You can also private Charter this trip choosing your own dates for $650/day.
We are waiting to see if the Canadian Border will open in time to schedule a trip to the Slate Islands in September. If not, we will likely do a second Isle Royale trip. Check back for updates or call to be put on a waiting list.