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Isle Royale to delay 2020 opening due to coronavirus concerns

Isle Royale.  WTIP file photo.
Isle Royale. WTIP file photo.

Isle Royale National Park, in response to guidance from the state of Michigan and the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, is announcing a delay in the opening date of the park to support federal, state and local efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The opening date of the park will be changed from April 16 to June 15.

During this delayed opening, Isle Royale and its surrounding islands are closed to all visitors. All visitor facilities, including visitor centers, campgrounds, and docks, will be closed to visitors until June 15 with no services until the opening date.

In an email sent to WTIP from the National Park Service, Isle Royale officials said the health and safety of their visitors, employees, volunteers and partners at Isle Royale are the number one priority.

The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the information sent to WTIP.