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BEGINS IN: HOUGHTON, MICHIGAN

Isle Royale, Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula

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Program #1583RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jun 23 — Jun 29, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Located right on the beautiful Portage Canal waterfront. Facilities and services include an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna (9am - 11pm), continental breakfast, walking path in front of the motel, free wireless internet in rooms, and courtesy computer in the front lobby.

Contact info:
1200 E. Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-482-2240
web: http://www.super8.com/hotels/michigan/houghton/super-8-houghton/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Handicap accessible rooms available upon request.

Facility amenities: Hair dryer, coffee pot, microwave in lobby; can rent refrigerators and microwaves for room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Handicap accessible rooms have roll-in shower and no bathtub

Additional nights before: Call for price
Make arrangements with motel in advance, subject to availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Arrival/Check-In/Orientation
Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Houghton by 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for motel check-in and Road Scholar program check-in. An orientation session begins at 4:00 PM EST. Meet your fellow participants and program staff.

Dinner: There will be a group dinner following the program orientation session. Details will be provided at the orientation session.

Evening: After dinner there will be a multi-media presentation by John and Ann Mahan (authors, photographers, and Elderhostel study leaders) entitled "Lake Superior: Story and Spirit".

Lodging: Super 8 Motel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located right on the beautiful Portage Canal waterfront. Facilities and services include an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna (9am - 11pm), continental breakfast, walking path in front of the motel, free wireless internet in rooms, and courtesy computer in the front lobby.

Contact info:
1200 E. Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-482-2240
web: http://www.super8.com/hotels/michigan/houghton/super-8-houghton/hotel-overview

Room amenities: Handicap accessible rooms available upon request.

Facility amenities: Hair dryer, coffee pot, microwave in lobby; can rent refrigerators and microwaves for room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Handicap accessible rooms have roll-in shower and no bathtub

Additional nights before: Call for price
Make arrangements with motel in advance, subject to availability

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - The Keweenaw Peninsula
Breakfast: At the motel, continental breakfast.

Morning: Group leaders John and Ann Mahan will discuss Isle Royale and Lake Superior geology, and island biogeography. Then depart for a bus excursion into the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Lunch: Box lunch during the bus trip.

Afternoon: Bus trip up the Keweenaw Peninsula; stops include Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, Lake Superior views, Brockway Mountain, Copper Harbor, and Fort Wilkins State Park. Return to Houghton after dinner.

Dinner: Harbor Haus Restaurant In Copper Harbor.

Evening: Return to Houghton by bus.

Lodging: Super 8 Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rock Harbor Lodge provides overnight accommodations and meals for visitors to this unique National Park. Located along the shore of Snug Harbor, lodge rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Other facilities and services include a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing, and sightseeing tours.

Contact info:
Isle Royale National Park
PO Box 605
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-337-4993
web: www.rockharborlodge.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Note: There are no in-room telephones or Internet service; cell phone reception is undependable. Arrangements can be made through the Rock Harbor Lodge, however, for emergency telephone calls or email messages.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Travel to Isle Royale National Park
Breakfast: At the motel, continental breakfast.

Morning: Check out of motel. Drive your vehicle a few blocks to the Park headquarters to unload luggage and park in a secure lot (no cost). Those without vehicles will be transported to the Park headquarters. Board the National Park Service (NPS) vessel Ranger III, and travel to Isle Royale. When you ride the Ranger III, you are on the largest piece of moving equipment owned and operated by the National Park Service and the largest passenger ferry providing service to Isle Royale National Park. The ride to Isle Royale National Park takes 6 hours one-way. The Ranger III is 165 feet long and can carry 126 passengers. The Ranger III operates out of Houghton, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula.

Lunch: Box lunch and possible programs on board Ranger III.

Afternoon: Arrive at Isle Royale National Park and check into Rock Harbor Lodge. Settle into your room and enjoy a bit of free time in the afternoon to take a short hike, or relax and enjoy the view of Lake Superior from your room.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Group meeting followed by evening program to be announced. This may be a multi-media presentation by Ann and John Mahan, a talk by wolf/moose researchers, by NPS rangers, or other researchers.

Lodging: Rock Harbor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rock Harbor Lodge provides overnight accommodations and meals for visitors to this unique National Park. Located along the shore of Snug Harbor, lodge rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Other facilities and services include a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing, and sightseeing tours.

Contact info:
Isle Royale National Park
PO Box 605
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-337-4993
web: www.rockharborlodge.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Note: There are no in-room telephones or Internet service; cell phone reception is undependable. Arrangements can be made through the Rock Harbor Lodge, however, for emergency telephone calls or email messages.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Snug Harbor Area
Breakfast: At the lodge. Optional morning walk before breakfast.

Morning: Options include a guided hike or individual free time (hiking, relaxing, canoeing, etc.).

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: "Flowers and More" program by John Mahan, followed by free time.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Group meeting followed by evening program to be announced. This may be a multi-media presentation by Ann and John Mahan, a talk by wolf/moose researchers, a talk by NPS rangers, or other researchers.

Lodging: Rock Harbor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rock Harbor Lodge provides overnight accommodations and meals for visitors to this unique National Park. Located along the shore of Snug Harbor, lodge rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Other facilities and services include a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing, and sightseeing tours.

Contact info:
Isle Royale National Park
PO Box 605
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-337-4993
web: www.rockharborlodge.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Note: There are no in-room telephones or Internet service; cell phone reception is undependable. Arrangements can be made through the Rock Harbor Lodge, however, for emergency telephone calls or email messages.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Edisen Fishery, Rock Harbor Lighthouse, Bangsund ...
Breakfast: At the lodge. Optional morning walk before breakfast.

Morning: Options include a guided hike or individual free time (hiking, relaxing, canoeing, etc.).

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: Boat trip to Edisen Fishery (historic commercial fishery) and hike to Rock Harbor Lighthouse and to the wolf/moose research station where Rolf and Candy Peterson live and work in the summers.

Dinner: At the lodge.

Evening: Group meeting followed by evening program to be announced. This may be a multi-media presentation by Ann and John Mahan, a talk by wolf/moose researchers, a talk by NPS rangers, or other researchers.

Lodging: Rock Harbor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Rock Harbor Lodge provides overnight accommodations and meals for visitors to this unique National Park. Located along the shore of Snug Harbor, lodge rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Other facilities and services include a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, dockside store, marina, rental motor boats, kayaks and canoes, guided fishing, and sightseeing tours.

Contact info:
Isle Royale National Park
PO Box 605
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
phone: 906-337-4993
web: www.rockharborlodge.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths and open views of Lake Superior. Note: There are no in-room telephones or Internet service; cell phone reception is undependable. Arrangements can be made through the Rock Harbor Lodge, however, for emergency telephone calls or email messages.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Raspberry Island
Breakfast: At the lodge. Optional morning walk before breakfast.

Morning: Morning program by Ann Mahan entitled "Human Connections with the Lake", followed by a boat trip to Raspberry Island with a guided hike through a bog and to a rugged outer shore.

Lunch: At the lodge.

Afternoon: A choice of optional activities to be announced including a guided hike or another chance to hike or canoe on your own.

Dinner: At the lodge. Final group dinner together.

Evening: Final group meeting and social time.

Lodging: Rock Harbor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, June 29 - Travel back to Houghton via Lake Superior
Breakfast: At the lodge. Optional morning walk before breakfast. Checkout of rooms. Luggage transferred from lodge to Ranger III.

Morning: Board Ranger III for return trip to Houghton. Possible programs aboard the Ranger III.

Lunch: Box lunch aboard Ranger III.

Afternoon: Arrive at Ranger III boat dock in Houghton, Michigan at approximately 3:00 PM EST. Independent departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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