Guide Services

Head Guide, Duane

Wise Old Man Guides

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 the following:

  • Round-trip passage to Isle Royale National Park booked by us on the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor, Michigan
  • One-night lodging for the eve of departure at one of Copper Harbor’s hotels
  • Preboarding safety briefing and final gear weight check
  • Phone consultations for preparation and planning
  • Q & A Zoom meeting with guide and client

Reach out to explore scheduling options.

Phone: 906-201-1588

Email: wiseoldmanofisleroyale@gmail.com

Booking three months in advance is strongly recommended.

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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