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Isle Royal National Park Visitor's Center in Houghton, MI, Upper Peninsula

July 20 – Travel to Houghton, MI and Visit to Isle Royal NP Visitor’s Center

We had a short drive northeast from Eagle River, WI to Houghton, MI through more pines and birch trees.

After we set up at the City of Houghton RV Park, we went to downtown Houghton to visit the Isle Royal National Park Visitor’s Center. The Center’s main purpose is to sell tickets for the 6-hour boat ride to the Isle Royal Island but did have interesting maps of the island which showed where the ports, park headquarters and sunken ships are.

We are reading Nevada Barr’s novel, Superior Death, in which a park law enforcement ranger, Anna Pigeon, is an Isle Royal NP ranger and has to solve a crime involving a sunken ship off of the coast of the island.

Isle Royal Island is about 40 miles long and 5 miles wide. There are no motorized vehicles allowed. There are extensive hiking trails – 165 miles of them.

There is a lake, Siskiwit Lake, in the middle of the island that has its own island, Ryan Island. Ryan Island is the largest island, in the largest lake, in the largest island in the largest fresh water lake in the world. : )

We are heading south tomorrow, Wednesday, to the Wisconsin Dells area and then on to Volo, IL near Mundelein and family, on Thursday.

Have a great day.

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