*Air over a body of water is very stable. Even on a windy day there is little or no turbulence on our flights.
*The cost of operating a seaplane and our small capacity means we will always be more expensive than the ferry service. But factor in that our schedule flexibility may allow you to use less vacation time or avoid extra hotel costs and the price gets a lot closer. Add to that spectacular sightseeing each way and no seasickness: And who wants to spend over 6 hours (each way) of their vacation just getting to and from their destination? There really is no comparison.
*Weight allowance for bags is strictly limited to 50 pounds per person. We cannot carry large coolers or bulky items. Soft-sided luggage / frameless packs are recommended, but not required.
*Cell phone coverage in Houghton depends on your service provider. Most people have a tough time getting a signal in the area. Coverage on Isle Royale is non-existant except for a few spots high on ridges with line-of-sight to the mainland. We ask for local Houghton hotel contact info (if you know it) in order to keep you informed should there be any last minute changes. Just be aware that cell phones may not work.
*Hazardous materials and weapons are not allowed on the plane. Regular camping equipment (small knives/hatchets) are allowed if packed in your gear. Stove fuel (liquid or gas) will have to be purchased at the store at Windigo or Rock Harbor upon arrival. White gas (coleman fuel) is always plentiful, but if you need special fuel or are traveling early or late season, please contact Rock Harbor Lodge (they operate the stores at Windigo and Rock Harbor) Links to verify store supply.
*Houghton County Airport is served by Skywest Airlines (United Airlines) through Chicago. If you are using their services, please leave plenty of time to make connections.
*Parking is available for $4.00 per day from Houghton County Airport. There is no action required on arrival, however, after your trip you will have a yellow envelope on your vehicle. You can either pay for parking at the airport office inside the terminal or leave the envelope and money in the drop-box. If you need directions to the Airport, please see our About Us / Directions page.
*If you are traveling one-way and need to get to the airport from town or back to the Park Headquarters in Houghton after you return, please see our Links page for taxi information. Cost is approximately $6.00-$10.00.
*Please remember that you are traveling to a remote wilderness island. Careful planning is required. Weather on Lake Superior can change rapidly, causing delays in hiking and transportation. Since we have no control over the weather, we will do our best to adjust to the conditions and keep you informed through the Ranger Stations at Windigo and Rock Harbor. Plan for some extra time on the trail and for your trip home. Chances are you won't need it, but it will lead to a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.