FAQ’s About Getting There
How much does it cost to get there?
We have off-peak and peak season rates. We also charge for parking your car with us. And there is the NPS user fee that we collect, but is an additional federal government fee. See the Schedule and Fares page.
What if the weather is bad and the boat can't make the trip?
The Isle Royale Queen almost never cancels a trip in the summer due to weather, though we do delay trips in severe conditions, especially in late summer or September. Delays commonly last 4-8 hours. However, all trips are subject to safe sailing conditions. Crossings may be delayed until weather permits safe crossings.
How long does the trip take?
It takes a little over 3 hours one way. We leave Copper Harbor at 8:00 a.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), and depart Rock Harbor on Isle Royale at 2:45 p.m. (See Schedule and Fares page.)
Do you serve food during the trip?
Yes. We depend on local bakers to supply bakery. The Queen Snack Bar has Boreal Beans coffee, a variety of sodas, packaged goods, candy, juice, and more.
Is it cold on the Island?
It's about the same as the Upper Peninsula and Copper Harbor. Air temperatures on Lake Superior can be quite cool even late in July; so warm clothing is strongly encouraged. Shorts and sandals are not advised for the crossing. If you have any doubts, ask the Captain upon departure.
Where can I leave my car?
Parking is available adjacent to our dock. There is a modest charge for cars and SUVs of $5 per night with a maximum of $20. To speed up parking and boarding in the morning, we recommend paying the parking fee along with your reservation. We begin parking cars at 7:00 am each crossing day. An attendant will be present to show you where to park. Please do not park yourself.
How much luggage can I take?
70 pounds of luggage or gear is included free with each reservation. If you expect to transport excess baggage, please inform us and we will quote the additional charge.
Can we take our pet?
Domestic pets (dogs, cats etc.) are prohibited on Isle Royale.
Can we take our own gasoline to the island?
No. Gasoline is available on the island throughout the season. We do transport backpacking stove fuel in well closed, small containers. These will be stowed separately. Do not stow fuel in containers with twist-on caps in backpacks!
Will I get sick on the crossing?
Though most of the summer is placid, Lake Superior can see rough sea conditions. If you fear that you may suffer from motion discomfort, your physician can prescribe Transderm Scop. Other remedies are available over the counter.
Do I need to make a reservation in advance?
Almost always. It depends on the month and day that you are planning your trip. Our busiest time of the year is the last week in July and the first 3 weeks in August. A general rule of thumb is to make reservations as soon as your party settles on the dates it wants to go and have made your travel arrangements. We start taking reservations January 1 each year. Call (906) 289-4437 for reservations and information, or write to Isleroyalequeen@gmail.com.
I am flying in and don't have a car. Are there other ways to get to Copper Harbor?
Limo service to and from the airport (CMX) near Calumet is now available from www.coppercountrylimo.com. Taxi companies in Calumet and Hancock also provide taxi service.