Captain Ben Kilpela's
NEW!! – The Visiting Isle Royale BLOG!! – which has Ben's Isle Royale 2006 Slide Show in blog format, so you can post comments, ask questions, or put up some of your own Isle Royale photos.
Ben’s Isle Royale 2007 Calendar – you can still get the ONLY Isle Royale
calendar out there, featuring Ben’s photography, available at Lulu.com
Ben’s pamphlet “Trails and Hiking Routes: Northeast Isle Royale” is still available. An excellent guide to the northeast trails and routes.
Brief Overview of
Aerial view of the northeast tip of
Isle Royale, second largest island in the Great Lakes, is home to wild forests of the north woods, rocky shorelines along Lake Superior (the world's largest body of fresh water), coves and harbors and ridges and outlying islands and inland lakes of endless variety, ever-changing weather, the cool summer climate of Superior country, the breathtakingly clear waters of Superior and its harbors, and wolves and moose in a delicate balance of prey and predator.
The island is a US National Park, established in 1940 after decades of effort to preserve it. It is about 50 miles from Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula (the island is officially part of Keweenaw County), about 20 miles from the tip of the arrowhead in Minnesota, and only 15 miles from the Sibley Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.
The main island is 45 miles long and 9
miles across at its widest. The park encompasses a
total area of 850 square miles, an area that includes the submerged lands of
the park, which extend 4.5 miles into
The park boasts excellent fishing, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks, ancient copper mining sites, and hundreds of places to observe wildlife. Roadless Isle Royale is accessible only by boat from Copper Harbor, Michigan, the GATEWAY to ISLE ROYALE, (via the Kilpela Family's Isle Royale Queen IV) and from Houghton, Michigan, and Grand Portage, Minnesota, and by float plane.
Kilpela, owner of this site, has been a
Here's a painting of the family's former
passenger ferry, the
Come sail with the Kilpelas
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