COPPER HARBOR, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior is being honored by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The newspaper named it the Best U.S. National Park and called it an “unexpected winner.”

The WSJ says it grounded its rankings in “cold, hard numbers.” Four main criteria helped determine the rankings:

  • Size of the crowds
  •  Quality and quantity of hiking routes
  •  Availability of campsites
  •  Access to other recreational activities like horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing

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The Isle Royale National Park is only accessible by ferry, private boat, or seaplane. And at Isle Royale National Park, the issue of overcrowding isn’t what you’ll find at the more well-known parks, with about 29,000 visitors in 2023.