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Places to Visit After Isle Royale National Park

A remote island in the heart of Northern Michigan’s Lake Superior, there are several options for where to go next after your visit to Isle Royale. With plenty of options for outdoor activities, your next stops will help you appreciate the natural wonders of this North American region. 

  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area – Located in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area provides excellent paddling opportunities in a strikingly beautiful landscape. Not far from Isle Royale, the Boundary Waters makes for your perfect next stop.
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – This gorgeous natural hiking area is situated just southeast of Isle Royale National Park. A dramatic landscape defined by colorful cliffs, you’ll love checking out the unusual rock formations at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  • Cooper Harbor – Known as the gateway to Isle Royale National Park, Cooper Harbor is located on the breathtaking Keweenaw Peninsula. You’ll enjoy spending time in this charming town, which offers plenty of activities, dining options, and panoramic views of Lake Superior.
  • Duluth, Minnesota – This lovely lakefront city is only five hours from Cooper Harbor, the easiest port from Isle Royale. With plenty to do and explore, Duluth is the natural next stop on your trip. The big city feel will come as a welcome contrast to the remoteness of Isle Royale National Park!
  • Thunder Bay, Canada – Don’t forget to pack your passport if you plan to head to Thunder Bay after your visit to Isle Royale! Another bustling lakeshore city, Thunder Bay is brimming with restaurants, historic sites, boat tours, and more.