Guide Services

Backpacking Guide Services

Wise Old Man of Isle Royale Guides can lead you on an adventure of a lifetime.

Our guides have experience and knowledge of the specific challenges for each trail on the island. We offer safe, knowledgeable guidance on the established trails to and from the backcountry.

Every package includes passage to and from Isle Royale National Park, booked by us on the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor, Michigan. We will also book a room in one of Copper Harbor’s hotels for the night before departure (also included), for our required preboarding safety briefing and final gear weight check. Each client will have phone consultations to adequately answer any and all questions. We will also conduct personal Zoom meetings between guide and client to establish a more personal question/answer session.

Reach out to explore scheduling options. Booking three months in advance is strongly recommended.

Phone: 906-201-1588

Email: wiseoldmanofisleroyale@duanelesperance

These are current Itineraries with availability. Do NOT book without calling first as each itinerary has very limited availability.

  • June 10 in hotel, departure on Queen IV June 11, return June 14 or 16–6 days & 5 nights–Daisy Farm, Mount Franklin, Three Mile, Rock Harbor OR 4 days & 3 nights Daisy Farm, Mount Franklin, Three Mile, Rock Harbor
  • June 17 in hotel, departure on Queen IV June 18, return June 21–4 days & 3 nights–Daisy Farm, Mount Franklin, Three Mile, Rock Harbor
  • July 8 in hotel, departure on Queen IV July 9, return July 12 OR 14–6 days & 5 nights OR 4 days & 3 nights
  • July 15 in hotel, departure on Queen IV July 16, return July 21–6 days & 5 nights–ferry hop to Chippewa Harbor and hike back to Rock Harbor
  • August 12 in hotel, departure on the Queen IV August 13, return August 16–easy hiking excursion

Other dates are available by arrangement. Boats run less frequently in May and September, so all dates in these months are custom packages.

View from Three Mile Campground

Four day-three night excursion:

Day one: (3.7 miles) Permitting, required dockside safety orientation by N.P.S. staff; hike to Three Mile Campground along the Tobin Harbor Trail.

Day Two: (6.5 miles) Hike Mount Franklin Trail to Greenstone Ridge Trail, then west to the Mount Ojibway Fire Tower, then taking the Ojibway Trail to Daisy Farm Campground.

Day Three: (7.2 miles) Hike Rock Harbor Trail to Susy’s Cave, then continue on to Rock Harbor Campground. Allows for independent visit to Gift Shops, etc.

Day Four: (4.4 miles) Optional – Stoll Trail hike to Scoville Point, returning to the dock by 1:00 pm ET for departure from the island.

Total Miles: 21.8

Cost: $1,250.00 per person, double occupancy $1,200.00 per person.

View from Daisy Farm dock

Six day-five night excursion:

Day one: (7.2 miles) Permitting, required dockside safety orientation by N.P.S. staff; hike to Daisy Farm Campground via the Rock Harbor Trail.

Day two: (7.9 miles) Daisy Farm Trail to the Greenstone Ridge Trail, west to the Indian Portage Trail and north to West Chickenbone Campground.

Day three: (5.7 miles) Indian Portage Trail south to the Lake Richie Trail, then east to Moskey Basin Campground.

Day four: (7.9 miles) hike the Rock Harbor Trail east through Daisy Farm to Three Mile Campground.

Day five: (3.5 miles) Hike to Tobin Harbor Trail with a stop at Susy’s Cave and return to Rock Harbor Campground. Allows for independent visit to Gift Shops, etc.

Day six: (4.4 miles) Optional – Stoll Trail hike to Scoville Point, returning to the dock by 1:00 pm ET for departure from island.

Total Miles: 36.6

Cost: $1,450.00 per person, double occupancy $1,400.00 per person.

This is an example itinerary, click the options button below for more information.

A Voyageur II hop to Chippewa Harbor can be requested in this package. Departure dates are then limited to either Saturdays or Mondays for the inter-island hop option, if seating is available on the boats.

View of Siskiwit Lake & Malone Bay from Greenstone Ridge

Nine day-eight night excursion:

Day one: (0.3 miles) Permitting, required dockside safety orientation by N.P.S. staff, hike to Rock Harbor Campground.

Day two: (0.5 miles) Catch Voyageur II at Rock Harbor Marina to Windigo. Hike to Washington Creek Campground from Windigo dock.

Day three: (6.6 miles) Hike to Island Mine Campground via the Greenstone Trail. Visit the Island Mine site.

Day four: (5.5 miles) Hike to South Desor Campground via the Greenstone Trail.

Day five: (8.1 miles) Hike to Hatchet Lake Campground via the Greenstone Trail.

Day six: (7.9 miles) Hike to West Chickbone Campground via the Greenstone Trail.

Day seven: (7.9 miles) Hike to Daisy Farm via the Greenstone and Daisy Farm Trails.

Day eight: (7.2 miles) Hike to Rock Harbor Campground via the Rock Harbor Trail.

Day Nine: (4.4 miles) Optional – Stoll Trail hike to Scoville Point, returning to the dock by 1:00 pm ET for departure from the island.

Total Miles: 48.4

Cost: $1,650.00 per person, double occupancy $1,600.00 per person.

This is an example itinerary, click the options button below for more information.

Custom Excursions:

If you have a specific idea for a trip, we can create a custom plan. Due to the many variables of interisland hops, possible resupply drops via the Voyageur II from Grand Portage, Minnesota and other possible add-ons, prices will be calculated when the specifics are settled.


As mature backpackers, we provide steady leadership & guidance to help ensure that you have a fun & safe adventure in the backcountry of Isle Royale, starting from planning & packing, to transportation, to safety preparedness, to engaging in the activity with you.

You need not be worried about having questions–we are here to help you have the best possible experience on the island where we may view moose, wolves, red fox, beavers, hares and the spectacular views of the waters and ridges of this untamed wilderness.

Duane and Beth


Let’s do something wonderful together.

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