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1583
Michigan

Isle Royale, Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula

Experience the world’s largest freshwater sea and the wilderness of Isle Royale — an archipelago of 400-plus islands — along with its geological sibling, the Keweenaw Peninsula.
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Program No. 1583RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,179
Michigan

Isle Royale, Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Peninsula

Experience the world’s largest freshwater sea and the wilderness of Isle Royale — an archipelago of 400-plus islands — along with its geological sibling, the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,179
Program No. 1583 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2021
Starting at
2,179
Itinerary Note

This departure is timed to be past spring bug season and to take advantage of spring blossom.

Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2021
Starting at
2,179
Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2021
Starting at
2,179
Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2021
Starting at
2,179
Jun 12 - Jun 18, 2022
Starting at
2,179
Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2022
Starting at
2,179
Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2022
Starting at
2,179
Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022
Starting at
2,179
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Itinerary Note

This departure is timed to be past spring bug season and to take advantage of spring blossom.

Jun 27 - Jul 3, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Jul 25 - Jul 31, 2021
Starting at
2,949
Jun 12 - Jun 18, 2022
Starting at
2,949
Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2022
Starting at
2,949
Jul 10 - Jul 16, 2022
Starting at
2,949
Jul 24 - Jul 30, 2022
Starting at
2,949

At a Glance

Experience the world’s largest freshwater sea and its island wilderness national park, along with Isle Royale’s geological sibling, the Keweenaw Peninsula. Isle Royale is an archipelago of 400-plus islands — 99 percent of them federally designated wilderness.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking and hiking up to five miles a day. Ferry crossing from Houghton to Isle Royale takes six hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about Isle Royale’s wildlife, including wolves and moose, during expert-led hikes, boat excursions and presentations by researchers.
  • Delve into the island’s maritime history from lighthouses to shipwrecks and commercial fishing.
  • Experience the interconnectedness of an island ecosystem and learn how it serves as a “laboratory” for environmental study.
Featured Expert
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John Mahan
John Mahan has been a Road Scholar Group Leader with his wife Ann since 2002. Before coming to Road Scholar, he worked as a physician’s assistant in family medicine. In the 1980s, John and Ann decided to pursue a new career to photograph and write about the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and their watersheds. Their work has been published in numerous notable magazines. John and Ann are the award-winning authors of “Lake Superior: Story and Spirit” and the book “Wild Lake Michigan.”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Mahan has been a Road Scholar Group Leader with his wife Ann since 2002. Before coming to Road Scholar, he worked as a physician’s assistant in family medicine. In the 1980s, John and Ann decided to pursue a new career to photograph and write about the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and their watersheds. Their work has been published in numerous notable magazines. John and Ann are the award-winning authors of “Lake Superior: Story and Spirit” and the book “Wild Lake Michigan.”
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Ann Mahan has been a Road Scholar Group Leader with her husband John since 2002. Before coming to Road Scholar, she worked as a registered nurse for more than a decade. In the 1980s, Ann and John decided to pursue a new career to photograph and write about the ecosystems of the Great Lakes and their watersheds. Their work has been published in numerous notable magazines. John and Ann are the award-winning authors of “Lake Superior: Story and Spirit” and the book “Wild Lake Michigan.”
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Lake Superior: Story and Spirit
by John and Ann Mahan
Comprehensive book on Lake Superior by the program leaders/instructors.
Island Life: An Isle Royale Nature Guide
by Ted Gostomski and Janet Marr
A complete guide to the common flora and fauna of Isle Royale in one easy to use volume. Each species is described in detail and illustrated with a color photo or drawing.
Isle Royale (MI) (Images of America)
by Jessica Poirier and Richard Taylor
This history of Isle Royale traces almost 5,000 years of human efforts to harvest its natural resources. From the Paleo-Indians who extracted native copper to the 19th-century miners, fishermen, farmers, and sportsmen, this isle apart has been visited, mined, and plundered for centuries. Under the protection of the National Park Service since 1940, the island is returning to the natural regime that preceded the arrival of the first humans. Moose, wolves, and bald eagles now share the island with low-impact campers and boaters. The reader will visit the lighthouses, steamships, fish camps, and resorts and the people of the last two centuries who left their footprints on this jewel of Lake Superior.
A View from the Wolfs Eye
by Carolyn Peterson
A woman's perspective of life on Isle Royale and beyond.
The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance
by Rolf Peterson
A long-term assessment of wolf-moose ecology, written by one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject. You will visit the Bangsund research station (home of Rolf and Candy Peterson) during your stay at Isle Royale.
Becoming Wilderness: Nature, History, and the Making of Isle Royale National Park
by Amalia Tholen Baldwin
Explores the little-known back story of Isle Royale's twenty-year journey from a largely unknown island in Lake Superior to the nation's first wilderness national park. Author Amalia Baldwin reveals the complex interplay of people, politics, and the evolving concept of wilderness behind the simple story that has been told of the park's formation.
Superior Wilderness: Isle Royale National Park
by Napier Shelton
Overview of Isle Royale natural history and ecology.





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