Royale, Isle Hotels

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Various: Lodging at Isle Royale

Lodging is available at the Rock Harbor Lodge, on the Southeast of the island. Lodging is available in Houghton, Michigan and in Grand Portage, Minnesota; the two main access points to the island. I stayed at a decent Super 8 in Houghton, and an overpriced Casino/Hotel with bad service in Grand Portage

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  • Related to: National/State Park, Eco-Tourism, Family Travel
  • Written November 10, 2011
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Various: Camping in the Park

There are a number of primitive camping areas all through the island. Little is available so you need to bring everything for your needs with you. I have not used any of them, just want to let you know what is available.

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  • Related to: National/State Park, Family Travel, Camping
  • Written November 10, 2011

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3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Cottages: Life of a Resident

I didn't actually stay in a cabin, as at the times I visited, they were still occupied by the families that had built them before they were purchased for the park. Their locations were stunning. Many perched on stone cliffs, 20-60' (-18 m) overlooking the lake. Surrounded by the pine forest, they are away from what little busy area there is near the docks. Those on Tobin Harbor can watch the seaplane come and go on it's rounds from the mainland.

The 20 Cottages are located between the Rock Harbor Marina and Tobin Harbor. The Cottages are equipped with kitchenettes including utensils and dishware, a private bath with tub, shower and dressing room, one double bed and one bunk bed, linens, towels, electric heat and a studio type living area.

A stay in one of our comfortable Cottages includes one half-day use of a canoe.

Peak Season: $232/night
Additional Person: $49/person
Non-Peak Season: $209/night
Additional Person: $44/person
Cottage guests are welcome to dine in the Rock Harbor Lodge dining room, purchase food in the marina store or bring their own food. Maid service is not provided.

Rates are based on double occupancy. Rollaway beds may be added to accommodate a maximum of six persons.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: National/State Park
  • Written May 11, 2007
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  • Toughluck profile photo Toughluck
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Rock Harbor Lodge: Lodging on the shore of Lake Superior

Don't expect to drive up to this motel. It's perched on the rocky shore of Lake Superior with the nesarest road a meer 50 miles away. Clean, well cared for and managed. Everything you could ask for an a view that can't be beat.

European Plan
The European Plan includes a lodge room with a spectacular Lake Superior view and half-day use of a canoe.

Peak Season: $239/night
Additional Adult: $60/person
Additional Child Under 12: $17/child
Non- Peak Season: $215/night
Additional Adult: $54/person
Additional Child Under 12: $16/child

European Plan guests are welcome to dine in the Rock Harbor Lodge dining room, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Rates are based on double occupancy. Lodge rooms accommodate a maximum of four persons.

American Plan
The American Plan includes a lodge room with a spectacular Lake Superior view, half-day use of a canoe and all meals (B, L, D) served in the Rock Harbor Lodge dining room.

Peak Season: $360/night
Additional Adult: $120/person
Additional Child: $57/child
Non-Peak Season: $336/night
Additional Adult: $114/person
Additional Child: $56/child

A substitute sack lunch is available, if desired. Rates are based on double occupancy. Lodge rooms accommodate a maximum of four persons.

Each room has a deck that looks out over Rock Harbor. If this was a busy waterway, it would not be as pleasant. The occasional small boat or the ships from the mainland make a majestic traverse of the waterway breaking the solitude for just a moment. From my 1st floor room, the deck was just 3-5' (0.9-1.5m) below and 15' (4.5 m) away. The early morning sun, shone onto the deck a welcoming warmth on a cold morning. The mornings are always cold, even in the summer. Nights get down to the 30's F (-1 C) regularly.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park
  • Written May 11, 2007
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Camping on Isle Royale

Hikers must camp in designated campgrounds on the island. Do not worry.. they are fantastic. The sites are spaced generally within a medium length day hike from each other, located near water, and individual sites are separated from others for privacy. There are fire pits at some sites and shelters are sometimes available, but do not depend on them just bring a good tent.

The views are usually great, and the grounds are well maintained and lightly used in my experience.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written October 15, 2002
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