Isle Royale National Park Is Going Cashless
Your cash will be no good this summer for entry fees to Michigan's only National Park.
The Most Remote And Rustic Of The National Parks Will No Longer Accept Cash
The beautiful rock outcropping located 56 miles north of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior announced this week that they are going cashless at the Park beginning with this upcoming season.
According to their Facebook post, it costs the Park too much to handle cash, so the only payments accepted will be credit and debit cards. This will be for the entry fees and at the park on island bookstore.
Cash will still be accepted on the island only at the Rock Harbor Lodge and its stores in Windigo and Rock Harbor.
The park entry fees are $7 per day for every visitor over the age of 15. The Park has always suggested that visitors pay those fees up front online to speed the entry process once on the island.
Isle Royale Had A Big Spike In Attendance Last Season
With the coronavirus pandemic still impacting travel last season the Park saw an uptick in visitors, mainly due to Michiganders deciding to vacation close to home. Over 25,000 visitors clicked through the turnstiles to hike and kayak the majestic 400 island chain.
Even with uptick, the Park is one of the least visited National Parks, mainly because of the long ferry ride to get there from Houghton or Copper Harbor.
The Park is known for its hundreds of miles of hiking trails, which have been sited by Backpacker magazine as some of the most pristine in the country.
The Park reopens for the season on April 15, although peak season is July and August.
The Island Chain Is Unique For Its Wildlife
The Park is home to both a moose herd and a population of wolves that work in symbiosis to control each other's population, although lately, the wolf herd has been suffering, and has needed some wolves relocated from the mainland.
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