Top Ten National Parks for Wildlife Viewing

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
By Nicole Daro

Best for: Moose and wolves.

The classic North Woods forest that covers most of Isle Royale National Park is home to steadily growing wolf and moose populations. Both animals were only recently reintroduced to Isle Royale, an isolated island in the northwest corner of Lake Superior. You're more likely to hear wolves than see them, but their splendid howl will serenade you if you spend a night in the backcountry.

Ranger-led cruises provide opportunities to see wildlife along the shore of the islands. Kayakers and canoeists will get an even better view from the miles of inland waterways and can stay overnight at any of the waterside campgrounds.

The popular Greenstone Ridge Trail runs for 40 miles along the spine of the islands and affords spectacular views as well as moose sightings. Watch for moose wading, sipping, and nibbling in the water as you follow the trail through dense woods, past bogs, and up high peaks with panoramic views. Hikers on the 13-mile Rock Harbor Trail may encounter moose swimming up to the Moskey Basin dock. Anyone spending a night in the park is bound to hear the howl of wolves and loons throughout the night.


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