National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure


Middle Islands Passage // Photo by Paul Brown, NPS

Middle Islands Passage // Photo by Paul Brown, NPS

Isle Royale National Park


Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for all who visit. The 75-year-old park encompasses a 571,790-acre island that offers a rugged environment with plenty of opportunity to run in to wildlife.

Things To Do:

The island is accessible by ferries, floatplanes, and passenger ships from Minnesota and Michigan.  Once you arrive we suggest jumping on the Raspberry Island tour. Here you’ll walk on a boardwalk through a spruce bog, followed by a cruise that features fantastic views of the Canadian shoreline. The tour concludes by viewing the site of the Monarch shipwreck—all while taking in a Lake Superior sunset.

Where To Stay:

There are 36 wilderness campsites on the island spread out between the Windigo side (closer to Minnesota) and the Rock Harbor side (closer to Michigan). All of the walk-in sites are very secluded with minimal amenities, perfect for experienced campers. Spending a few nights at Isle Royale National Park truly allows you to get away from it all.


Although Isle Royale is a part of Michigan we recommend you plan a Minnesota brewery excursion. Spend a day in Duluth visiting all the breweries and brewpubs in the city. Fitger’s Brewhouse and Bent Paddle offer stainless steel to bring fresh beer into the park. Head north along Hwy 61 to see the hand-built Borealis Fermentery in Knife River, and on to Castle Danger’s new brewery in Two Harbors to stock up on some cans for your cooler. After the ferry ride back from Isle Royale, reacclimatize to society by cozying up to the bar at the Gun Flint Tavern or Voyageur Brewing in Grand Marais for handcrafted brews.

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