Lake Superior Backpacking


As Isle Royalers, campers spend two-weeks of their camp experience backpacking around Isle Royale, a remote island in Lake Superior. The first week at camp will include practice hikes and extensive trip preparation before the fourteen day excursion begins. The adventure starts with a four and a half hour ferry ride from Copper Harbor to Rock Harbor. Once the group leaves the ferry dock, they are truly out in the wilderness. Campers get the chance to see a moose, swim in Lake Superior, and become a Junior Ranger at the Ranger Station in Windigo as they make their way from one end of the island to the other. The group will backpack around 110 miles, carrying all of their food and gear with them, and be challenged both mentally and physically on this adventure of a lifetime. Isle Royale provides campers with the chance to push themselves to the top of the breathtaking Greenstone Ridge and cool off in the crisp waters of Lake Superior, while learning critical outdoors skills and exploring the wild. While in camp, the girls will get to participate in all of the fun on-site challenges and activities offered.



Few places in North America are as remote and beautiful as Isle Royale National Park, located in Lake Superior just east of Thunder Bay, Canada. It is a place made special by its remoteness. No vehicles are allowed here and the only “roads” are the trails hikers tread. For more information about the location of the trip, check out the Isle Royale National Park website.


Isle Royale

Length Options

4 Weeks




Completed 8th or 9th Grade


Overnight / Sleep Away Camp

Trip Destination

Backpacking in Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior

Popular Camp Activities

Ferry Boat Ride, Seeing Moose, Campfires, Backcountry Camping, Ropes Course, Swimming, Canoeing

2019 Program Fee

$4,000.00 for a 4-week session


Campers should deposit an additional $35.00 for laundry and additional trip expenses into their camp bank account.

2019 Program Dates

Session 1: Saturday, June 15 - Friday, July 12 (4-week session)

Session 2: Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, August 10 (4-week session)

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