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Isle Royale

Join us for a Superior summer adventure as we explore Isle Royale National Park on a 13-day backpacking expedition. 

Trip Overview

Experience the wild beauty of the Great Lakes on a 13-day trip to Isle Royale National Park with Crystalaire Adventures! 

 

Due to its remote nature and primitive services, Isle Royale offers campers a true backcountry experience. For this reason, we consider Isle Royale to be one of our more challenging trips. But with great challenge comes great reward--those who join us will be rewarded with incredible views, crisp northern air, and plentiful wildlife sightings!

Note: This trip can be done as a stand-alone program or paired with your camper's one- or two-week session at Camp Carvela or Camp Lookout as an "add-on" adventure.

Trip Type

Backpacking

Adventure

Group Size

10-12 Campers

2+ Guides

Grades

High School

Grades 9-12

Arrival/Departure

Crystalaire HQ 

Traverse City, MI

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Participants will meet at Moose Hall, aka "Crystalaire Adventures HQ," located at Camp Carvela.* Together, we'll pack up our gear and then travel by van to board a ferry to Isle Royale. Our 6-hour ferry ride gives us plenty of time to get to know one another and plan our first day's hiking route. Once we arrive on the Island, we'll set up our first camp and celebrate the start of our trip with a welcome ceremony. 
 

*Note: Campers joining this trip from Camp Lookout will be shuttled to Moose Hall via van by Project Foxwood staff. 

Days 2-12

In keeping with our choice-based learning and leadership philosophy, participants will collectively plan our day-to-day trip itinerary. Together as a group, we'll choose our hiking route, when and where we stop to eat, and which sites we stop to see along the way. In doing so, we'll create a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects the unique interests and personalities of our group. Over the course of our hike, we'll cover 50+ miles of trail, swim in cool interior lakes, and stargaze in a pitch-black sky,  If we're lucky, we'll spot a moose or a wolf (from a safe distance, of course!) Throughout it all, we'll learn about the land, each other, and ourselves.  

Day 3

On the final day of our trip, we'll break down our final campsite, pack up our gear, and hike our final miles. Then, we'll board our ferry back to the mainland. Once back at Moose Lodge, we'll unload and clean our group gear and then say our final goodbyes to our new adventure buddies.

 

Camper pick-up will take place at Moose Lodge between 4-6 PM. 

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Trip Highlights

Here's what you can look forward to on your Isle Royale adventure:

  • Camper-led itinerary

  • Small group size

  • Backcountry backpacking

  • Canoeing/kayaking

  • Moose sightings

  • and more!

Enroll

Enrollment for our 2023 Isle Royale trip is open. Click "ENROLL" to complete your enrollment form.

Have questions? We'd love to chat! Please email us at info@crystalaireadventures for more information.

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About Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park is an archipelago of over 400 islands located in northern Lake Superior. The largest island, Isle Royale, is the fourth-largest lake island in the world.

Known for moose, wolves, and towering trees, Isle Royale offers outdoor enthusiasts plenty of wow factor.

Due to its remote location, Isle Royale is one of the least-visited U.S. National Parks. But its isolated trails and quiet inland lakes make it the perfect backcountry retreat from the outside world.

Learn more at nps.gov.

More Trips to Consider

Looking for an another adventure? Check out our lineup of upcoming trips and expeditions to find the one that's right for you!  

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