We previously successfully ran small lodge-based trips on Isle Royale limited to 10–12 people, plus two guides. Unfortunately, in late 2021, Rock Harbor Lodge management notified us that they were no longer allowing reservations for guided-group travel. At present, tour operators like us still have no options. We are not the only organization impacted.
We hope that eventually we can resume our 4-, 5-, and 6-night trips to the island. We do not have any specific answers as to why the Lodge made this decision or how or when they will change course. Aramark has taken over from Forever Resorts as the ISRO Concessionaire and we partially assume that with record-breaking visitation levels, the Lodge doesn't need organized travel to help maintain occupancy rates.
For those wondering why we simply don't book rooms, we rely on the Lodge to provide family-style meals, and if they aren't working with groups, tour operators are left without logistically-practical options to feed guests on a remote island. We continue to maintain an email notification list — please contact us to be added or how to reach the appropriate Aramark Experiences office to request working with tour operators again so you can visit the part the way you'd like to.
Discover Michigan’s wild, remote, and only National Park — Isle Royale. First authorized by Herbert Hoover in 1931 and further designated as official Wilderness by Congress in 1976, this Lake Superior island and its 400 island archipelago is a place where natural beauty surrounds and embraces its visitors in an intimate encounter. Kayak Tobin Harbor at dusk where loon calls echo over the water, hike to the northern terminus of the Greenstone Trail and admire Lookout Louise’s stunning view toward Canada's Sleeping Giant, and gain knowledge daily about the flora and fauna that live, thrive, and survive here. We look forward to sharing the crystal clear near shore waters, boreal forest, and historical sights with you.
- We reserve the right to run a trip with fewer participants, but minimum number of guests for any trip is 6.