Isle Royale National Park 2021 – Reservations Start Today For Ranger III Ferry

Isle Royale Bull Moose

Isle Royale National Park announced today plans are being finalized to open the park for visitation this summer.

Park staff will begin processing Ranger III reservations on March 1. Capacity on Ranger III will be held at approximately 50% of pre-pandemic capacity to provide social distancing

2021 Michigan Maple Syrup from Battel’s Sugar Bush

Sugar Maple Tapped into Collection Can

We learned that it takes about 40 gallons of maple sap to produce one gallon of high-grade maple syrup.

Mark Battel and his family have organized and maintain over 400 taps with gravity and a vacuum-fed tube system that fills the collection kettles with pure Maple sap. Stop by their roadside stand and pick up some sweetness this season.

Great Lakes Ice Coverage Drops Over 10%, Currently Stands at 30%

Great Lakes Ice Coverage - Caseville Breakwall

The Detroit Army Corps of Engineers have kept records of ice coverage going back to 1973. The map shows the current extent of the ice cover on the Great Lakes.

We are tracking the Great Lakes Ice Coverage for the Winter of 2021.