What’s the weather going to be? The weather on Isle Royale during the summer months is generally very nice, however
, it’s always good to be prepared for any conditions we might encounter. We suggest you think carefully about what
personal clothing you’ll need and try to limit yourselves to the bare necessities.
NOTE: Regardless of what month, a stay of several days any time of the summer without at least some rain is uncommon; either bring rain gear or plan on spending time stuck in your tent or a shelter.
One synthetic shirt such as polypropylene, capeline or polyester to wear as an insulating layer under your wetsuit
in the event of cool weather. (Cotton should be avoided.)
Swimsuit to wear underneath a wetsuit (We provide the wetsuits, feel free to bring your own if you own one. You do
not need to buy one special for this trip.)
Neoprene or Gore-Tex gloves for paddling in cool weather
A Gore-Tex hooded jacket – -multi-use in rain or as a windbreaker
Rain pants (optional)
One fleece jacket or sweatshirt for cool weather
One pair of shorts and a T-shirt/casual wear for warm days
One long sleeve T-shirt for cool days casual wear
One pair of quick drying long pants for cooler evenings
Water shoes or neoprene boots for kayaking work best, sandals are ok. (Going barefoot is ok)
Fleece or other synthetic socks are nice for wearing on cool nights
Water bottles: Nalgene wide-mouth bottles work best for water filter use (at least 2 quarts per person/per day)
Sunscreen and lip balm
Hat for protection from the sun. Possibly a hat for warmth
Sunglasses (and eyeglasses)/ sun/eyeglass strap/cord
Flashlight or Headlamp
Bandana (has many uses)
Bug spray and/or bug net
Biodegradable soap and shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, other personal toiletries, etc…
One pair of tennis shoes for day hikes
Sleeping Bag – – small, compact backpacker type only to fit inside of kayak hatches with limited storage volume
Compact Sleeping Pad
Please call us before going out and buying any additional expensive gear for this trip. It is most likely unnecessary.
Storage space inside of the kayaks is limited and you should plan to take only essential items and limit yourself to
carefully selected items of clothing…less is really more! Dry-bags are provided and all items must be able to fit inside of
the dry-bags and through the hatch portals that are a maximum size of 14” x 8”. This list is only a recommendation,
please feel free to add to or delete any items according to your needs and contact us with any questions you might have.