Isle Royale National Park


HOUGHTON, MI--   Wolf pups have been born on Isle Royale National Park for the first time since 2014.

Officials from the park and the State University of New York documented the arrival of at least two pups in 2019 and two litters of an unknown number of pups this year.

Seven wolves were relocated from an Ontario island and the mainland to Isle Royale in 2019. One of the females was likely pregnant. This year’s pups were bred on the island.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Officials with Isle Royale National Park say overnight anchoring for boats is now being allowed at the island. 

Boaters will need to get an anchoring permit in advance from the Houghton Visitor Center and pay entrance fees in advance, as well. All park facilities—including docks, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, shelters, and outhouses—remain closed at this time.

Details on further opening of the park, tentatively scheduled for later this month, will be released as decisions are made.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Isle Royale National Park is staying closed until further notice.

Ferry service to the park has also been suspended. The National Park Service says it’s working with federal, state and local authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and officials will use a phased approach to increase access. As the NPS develops that approach, Isle Royale officials will evaluate providing access to the park in late June/early July.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Officials are delaying the opening of Isle Royale National Park this year.

In response to guidance from the state and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, the opening date has changed from April 16 to June 15. Isle Royale, its surrounding islands, and all visitor facilities will be closed to visitors until June 15. Lake Superior waters remain open.

Right now the Houghton Visitor Center is set to open May 18 for trip planning. A further delay in opening the center and the park depends on COVID-19 developments.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK (AP)--   Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior island. A vote could come at the next meeting.

There could be more than 2,000 moose on Isle Royale. Wolves are the main predator, but the wolf population has been struggling.

Any hunt would be up to the National Park Service. A 2018 report dismissed the idea.

Tyler Petroelje / SUNY-ESF

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   Researchers are releasing summer predation data from Isle Royale National Park. 

National Park Service, State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Michigan Technological University biologists monitored wolves introduced to the island in the fall and winter of 2019. It’s the first time wolf predation has been studied during snow-free periods.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   The longtime superintendent of Isle Royale National Park is retiring. 

Phyllis Green stepped down Friday as head of the remote park in northwestern Lake Superior. She held the position for 18 years. It was her final stop in a 41-year career with the federal government that also included posts with the U.S. Forest Service.

At Isle Royale, Green oversaw the first stages of a continuing project to restore the gray wolf population by relocating animals from the mainland.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MI--   Isle Royale National Park’s wolf population is now 17.

Two males and one female were moved from the Upper Peninsula to the park September 13, bringing the number to nine males and eight females. A fourth wolf was moved to Isle Royale, but its collar sent out a mortality signal soon afterward. Officials say the stresses of being captured, tranquilized, and moved affects each wolf differently.

John Pepin / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--   An Upper Peninsula wolf has joined 14 others on Isle Royale National Park.

The 70-pound, three-year-old male was captured on the mainland last week and flown by sea plane to the moose-laden island. It marks the second year of the National Park Service’s efforts to restore predation to Isle Royale after wolf numbers decreased to only two. Since last September 12 other wolves were brought from Ontario, Canada, Minnesota, and a Canadian island.

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK--  Isle Royale officials are seeking public comment on the park’s draft Cultural Resource Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 

The purpose of the plan is to develop a strategy for managing the non-wilderness cultural resources of the park.