Isle Royale National Park in Michigan
Located in Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park is 45 miles by 8.5 miles long at its widest, while still offering visitors 165 miles of hiking trails. Due to the extreme winters, the park closes from November through April, but during its open season, visitors can fish, backpack, canoe, kayak, and scuba dive in the backcountry — with the moose, wolves, fox, river otters, and loons that inhabit the wild.
How to Get There: This Michigan Park can only be accessed by ferry, seaplane, or private boat, as there are no designated roads, due to the park’s extensive backcountry terrain. The easiest way to reach the island is by ferry — and there are four different ferryboats operating from Michigan. Most visitors will arrive at the Rock Harbor visitors center to get permits and enter the park. It can take four hours to reach the park by ferry, so bring a book and plenty of weatherproof layers — rangers note that the weather in the region can change up to 30 degrees in the matter of a day. Campers need to pack in and pack out all gear — including food, water, and waste — both at the 36 campgrounds or in backcountry terrain.