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Isle Royale NP: Windigo Nature Trail

Trail Details

County
Houghton
Regions
Western Upper Peninsula
Latitude
N 47° 54' 43.56"
Longitude
W 089° 09' 20.88"
Distance
1.2 miles
Trail Type
Interpretive Trail
Terrain
Woods, Washington Harbor
Difficulty
Easy
Nearest City or Town
Houghton
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The Windigo Nature Trail is an easy walk near Windigo and good for loosening up your legs before the boat ride home. The self-guiding trail features 11 interpretive posts that cover everything from lichens and moose droppings to island geology and succession.
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The Windigo Nature Trail is an easy walk near Windigo and good for loosening up your legs before the boat ride home. The self-guiding trail features 11 interpretive posts that cover everything from lichens and moose droppings to island geology and succession. Pick up the accompanying brochure at the ranger station or download it by Clicking Here and head to the store for the start of the loop. Post 11 is a junction where you can either return to the store, passing a moose enclosure along the way, or drop down to where the Feldtmann Lake Trail runs along Washington Harbor.

 
Amenities & Services
Camping
Difficulty - Easy
Foot Path
Trail Guide

To download an interpretive guide to the Windigo Nature Trail Click Here.

The Windigo Area Trails are covered  with maps in Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes by Jim DuFresne. To order the 184-page guide to the wilderness island, Click Here.

Facilities

Shower tokens, clean towel, and bar of soap can be purchased at the camp store at Windigo.

It's also possible to book a cabin at Windigo for lodging. The Windigo Cabins feature table and chairs, a sofa, two bunk beds and electrical outlets but no indoor plumping. For reservations, contact the park concessionaire, Forever Resorts (866-644-2003 or 906-337-4993 in summer; www.isleroyaleresort.com).

Hours & Fees

Isle Royale National Park opens April 16 and closes on Nov. 1 to all visitors for the winter.  The park has a entrance fee of $7 per person per day or an annual pass for $60. You can pay the entrance fee once you arrive at the park or in advance at at pay.gov  and avoid congestion and long waits on the island. All park visitors who plan to camp overnight at campgrounds or cross-country sites are required to obtain a camping permit. This permit can be obtained free of charge at the visitor center at Windigo or Rock Harbor when you arrive or on board Ranger III on the way to the Island.

Directions

To reach Windigo and return to Rock Harbor, book passage on the Voyageur II. Alternatively, you can book a flight to Windigo with Royale Air Service, which flies out of the Houghton County Memorial Airport. You can also arrange an inter-island flight between Windigo and Rock Harbor.

Information

Call the Isle Royale National Park headquarters in Houghton (906-482-0984) or check the Isle Royale National Park website (www.nps.gov/isro).

Files

Geo-referenced maps from MichiganTrailMaps.com range from $1.99 to $2.99 each.

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