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E-M:/ Free Isle Royale program in Farmington, Mich. tonight (April 28,7 p.m.)

Enviro-Mich message from Christine Manninen <manninen@glc.org>

I encourage anyone with an interest in Isle Royale National Park to 
attend the April 28 event described below. Sponsored by the Isle Royale 
Natural History Association and the Isle Royale Institute, the program 
will be held at 7 p.m. this evening at:

Benchmark Outfitters
32715 Grand River Ave.

The Benchmark store is relocating to a different location in Farmington 
next month, so there are some great deals available on their remaining 
merchandise, as well (60-70% off skis, snowboards, and an assortment of 
hiking footwear and apparel).

Hope to see you there!

Related info about Isle Royale is also attached below.

Christine Manninen
President, Board of Directors
Isle Royale Natural History Association


On Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. Isle Royale Institute Director Mark
Gleason will give a presentation on Isle Royale at Benchmark Outfitters at
32715 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. His slide show is an overview of Isle
Royale National Park, its history and cultural and natural resources.
Mark was a National Park Service Ranger on Isle Royale for 7 years.
The program is free and open to the public.


Isle Royale National Park opened for the 2003 season on April 16 for private
transportation.  Public transportation begins to phase in on May 3,"
announced Superintendent Phyllis Green today.  The Park and its surrounding
waters remain open through October 31.  In May and June, ferry
transportation to the island and visitor services at the Rock Harbor and
Windigo Ranger Stations on Isle Royale will become available.  Check the
Isle Royale website at http://www.nps.gov/isro/ or call (906) 482-0984 for
further information about Isle Royale National Park.

Permits are needed for camping on Isle Royale.  They can be obtained at the
Houghton Visitor Center, located in Houghton, Michigan.  The Visitor Center
is open year-round Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with
extended hours from June 16 through August 16 of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(including Saturdays).  Visitor Center staff are currently collecting user
fees, selling season passes, making reservations for sailing to Isle Royale
on the Ranger III, processing group reservations for groups of 7-10, and
issuing backcountry permits for boaters.

The National Recreation Fee Demonstration Program begun in 1997 continues in
2003.  Visitors to Isle Royale pay a $4.00 per person daily user fee.
Children age 11 and under are free.  Two different optional season passes
are available.  The $50.00 individual season pass allows the person
indicated on the pass to visit Isle Royale for the entire season without
paying additional user fees.  The $150.00 season boat rider pass allows all
riders on the permitted boat to visit Isle Royale for the entire season
without paying additional user fees.  Fees collected in 2002 will be
utilized this season for the repair of docks and maintenance of trails; fees
collected in 2003 will continue this work into next year.

The Ranger Stations at Windigo and Rock Harbor will be open to provide
permits and information on a part-time basis from May 7 to June 14, then
open daily through Labor Day.  In addition, interpretive programs at
Windigo, Rock Harbor, and Daisy Farm begin on June 15 and extend through
Labor Day.

The Ranger III begins its regular passenger season on May 30, providing
transportation to Isle Royale from Houghton, Michigan.  The Thursday night
Ranger III evening cruises in Portage Lake will not occur.  The first trip
for the Isle Royale Queen III, departing from Copper Harbor to Rock Harbor,
is May 12.  The Voyageur II begins service from Grand Portage, Minnesota, on
May 3.  The Voyageur II circumnavigates the island dropping campers at
several key wilderness entry points.  The Wenonah begins daily ferry service
from Grand Portage to Windigo on June 11.  Seaplane service may become
available later in the summer; it will be available during the 2004 season.
For updates, contact the Houghton Visitor Center at 906-482-0984 or by email
at ISRO_ParkInfo@nps.gov.

Prior to the opening of the Isle Royale Resorts, the National Park Service
will provide boat fuel at Mott Island (beginning April 30) and Windigo
(beginning May 7) on a limited basis, unless ice conditions delay this a

On May 23, a number of Rock Harbor concession services open and extend
through September 5.  These include housekeeping cabins, marina operations,
boat gasoline and diesel fuel, boat pump-out, a store, laundry, showers,
water taxis, boat and canoe/kayak rentals, and
vending machines.  On June 10 and extending through September 5, lodge
rooms, a dining room, a snack bar, a gift shop, fishing charters, and
various MV Sandy cruises will be available at Rock Harbor.

Beginning June 6 and extending through September 7, full Windigo store
services will be available.  These include store, boat and canoe rentals,
boat gas sales (no diesel fuel) and pump-out service, laundry, and showers.
The fishing season on Lake Superior and inland waters of Isle Royale
National Park for trout, salmon, perch, and pike is April 16 to October 31.
The Walleye season is May 15 to October 31.  A Michigan State fishing
license is required on Lake Superior waters.

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