Paddling: Summer

  • Swim suit as a base layer (or synthetic underwear!)
  • Ladies, wear a non-underwire bra!
  • Synthetic t-shirt (short- or long-sleeved)
  • Synthetic sun top (if wearing short-sleeved shirt)
  • Quick-dry shorts, nylon pants, or workout tights
  • Water friendly shoes, water sandals or neoprene booties with durable soles
    (all shoes must be secured to the feet; no flip-flops!)
  • Sunglasses and lanyard
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunscreen (available in our shop) 
  • Water 
  • Rain Gear
    (lightweight poncho/ waterproof shell, and rain pants)
  • Fleece jacket or top
  • Camera/Phone
    (waterproof pouches and camera floats available in our shop)
  • Extra set of clothes either left in your car or placed in a waterproof bag
    (big zip-top bag, or even a garbage bag works)
  • Towel — left in your car (quick drying camp towel if you have one)

Paddling: Spring & Fall 
Everything above, PLUS

  • Heavier windproof/ waterproof coat
  • Synthetic or fleece base layer
  • Wool or fleece socks
  • Warm fleece or wool hat
  • Wetsuits (we can outfit you)

Isle Royale Packing List
download PDF here

Day Hiking/Nature Walks

  • Water
    (2 liters for shorter trips / 4 liters for full-day)
  • Snack (available in our shop)
  • Binoculars/ Camera
  • Light-Weight Hiking Boots or Sturdy Trail/Walking Shoes (broken in)
  • Jacket/sweatshirt
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Rain Gear
    (lightweight poncho, waterproof hooded parka, and rain pants)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (available in our shop)
  • Sun or Baseball Hat
  • Insect Repellent (including ticks; available in our shop)
  • Hiking Poles/Trekking Pole
  • Day pack
  • Field guide of special interest to you


  • Rain Gear
  • Water
  • Snacks (available in shop)
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate closed-toed shoes (no flip flops!)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Day pack
  • Insect repellent (available in our shop)
  • Biking gloves (optional)
  • Extra clothes (not cotton, if the weather looks iffy)