Isle Royale National Park


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Isle Royale National Park

(roi`əl), 571,790 acres (231,575 hectares), comprising about 200 islands, in Lake Superior, NW Mich.; est. 1940. Isle Royale, 210 sq mi (544 sq km), is the largest island in Lake Superior; Greenstone Ridge extends along its entire length. Glaciated, the island has many lakes, streams, and inlets and remains a roadless, forested wilderness. Its abundant wildlife includes beaver, fox, moose, timber wolves, and many birds. The French, lured by the fur trade, named the island in 1671. Isle Royale became U.S. territory in 1783 and was ceded to the United States by the Chippewa in 1843. It was mined for copper from 1843 to 1899; large areas of forest were burned to expose the ore and to build settlements. In the early 1900s the island was a popular vacation retreat. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Isle Royale National Park

Address:800 East Lakeshore Dr
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone:906-482-0984
Fax:906-422-8753
Web: www.nps.gov/isro/
Size: 571,790 acres.
Established: Authorized on March 3, 1931. Wilderness designated on October 20, 1976. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1980.
Location:In the northwest corner of Lake Superior, accessible only by boat or seaplane. Passenger ferries are available from Houghton or Copper Harbor, Michigan, or from Grand Portage, Minnesota. Seaplane service is available from Houghton, Michigan to Rock Harbor or Windigo on Isle Royale.
Facilities:Campgrounds, picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, boat rental, visitor centers (é), self-guided tour/trail. Park is open to the public from mid-April through October.
Activities:Camping, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, wildlife viewing, sightseeing cruises.
Special Features:This forested island, the largest in Lake Superior, is 45 miles long and 9 miles wide at its widest point, and includes submerged lands which extend 4.5 miles out into the lake. The roadless island is distinguished by its wilderness character, wildlife that includes timberwolves and moose, pre-Columbian copper mines, and historic lighthouses and shipwrecks.

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Estimates of abundance and predation-the population ecology of beaver in Isle Royale National Park. Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.
Isle Royale National Park and Wilderness Area lies roughly 25 miles (40.2 km) offshore of Minnesota in Lake Superior.
The first sub-group consisted of 420 moose from Isle Royale National Park (48[degrees]06' N, 88[degrees]30' W; Peterson 1977) located in Lake Superior approximately 30 km from the Ontario, Canada coastline.
"While I didn't have money to pledge," he says, "I suggested that Isle Royale National Park, because of its remoteness and short construction season, utilize prefabricated buildings that could be designed and constructed by NMU staff members and technology students in the NMU'S lab during the school year and later re-erected on site during the summer months."
One summer, my wife and I were camped at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, and we rented a canoe to do some paddling on Tobin Harbor.
There are always surprises waiting when Rolf Peterson returns to Isle Royale National Park to spend the dead of winter in the company of the world's most famous gray wolves and the moose that are their bread and butter.
Another 25 wolves inhabit Isle Royale National Park, a Michigan island near the Lake Superior shoreline of Minnesota and Ontario; only 14 wolves were on Isle Royale a year earlier.
My grandfather, Ben East, was a hunter, as well as a prime mover in the creation of Isle Royale National Park and several key state parks in Michigan.
Here, I investigate how the coniferous balsam fir (Abies balsamea [L.] Mill.) has persisted in spite of continuous browsing by moose (Alces alces L.) in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, a boreal-hardwood mixed-forest system.
But a food chain in Isle Royale National Park, a 544-square-kilometer island in Lake Superior, doesn't work that way.
Lynn McClure, senior director at NPCA, in The Detroit News about the Park Service's plans to introduce up to 30 gray wolves in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park over three years.
1, join a travelogue with naturalist Barb McKittrick about her visit to Isle Royale National Park a place of isolation and wilderness surrounded by the icy waters of Lake Superior.