Ranger III offers summer cruises

HOUGHTON — Join Isle Royale National Park aboard the Ranger III for summer 2017 Keweenaw Waterway Cruises.

Scheduled cruises will occur on July 13, July 20, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

All cruises depart at 12:30 pm from the Isle Royale National Park Houghton Visitor Center. Passengers must arrive by noon for check-in. Cruises last between two-and-a-half to three hours and will travel south along the Keweenaw Waterway to the South Entry, venturing a short distance into Keweenaw Bay if conditions are pleasant, before returning to Houghton. Refreshments will be available at the Ranger III Grill, and passengers should bring a light jacket to protect against wind and chill.

New for 2017, during the first half of the voyage, a park ranger will present a tour of the waterway, its history, geology, and connection to Isle Royale.

Due to popularity, advance reservations are recommended. Reservations can be made 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Call (906) 482-0984 or stop by the Houghton Visitor Center. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $5 for youth age 1-15, and infants under one year receive a free ticket.

The 165 foot Ranger III, piloted by Captain Rand Attaway, with a crew of nine, can carry up to 128 passengers.

Enjoy an afternoon of area scenery with your family and friends aboard the Ranger III while cruising the historic Keweenaw Waterway. For reservations or more information call (906) 482-0984.