Ranger III will be taking passengers on Thursday afternoon Keweenaw Waterway Cruises beginning this Thursday, July 16. (Photo courtesy Isle Royale National Park)
HOUGHTON -- Isle Royale National Park is accepting reservations for the Keweenaw Waterway Cruises on the following Thursday afternoons: July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 20. Ranger III will depart the Houghton dock at 1 p.m. for a two and a half hour cruise which travels on the Keweenaw Waterway and returns to the Houghton dock at 3:30 p.m.
The 165 foot Ranger III, piloted by Captain Bill Hanrahan, with a crew of nine, can carry up to 128 passengers. In addition to scenic vistas and wildlife observations, the cruise will venture a short distance into Lake Superior. It is advisable for passengers to bring a light jacket to protect against the frequent chill. Refreshments are available at the Ranger III Grill.
Due to the cruises’ popularity, advance reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 906-482-0984 or by stopping in the Isle Royale National Park’s Houghton Visitor Center. Ticket prices are: $20 for adults, $5 for youth under sixteen, and infant tickets are free. The cruise is an excellent opportunity for a get-together with your family and friends to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the Keweenaw Waterway.