Friday, June 28, 2013


Houghton MI (Low 59 Showers Around; Not as Warm, High 67)

Some interesting facts about the Ranger, officially the Ranger III, that we see pass in front of our campsite.

The 2013 season marks 55 years of service of the Ranger III. The Ranger is the largest piece of moving equipment owned and operated by the National Park Service and the largest ferry servicing to Isle Royale National Park. The ship operates out of Houghton. The leisurely ride to Isle Royal takes 5 hours to Mott Island and 6 hours to Rock Harbor.

We have blogged about seeing the Ranger heading towards the bridge before here, but this time Bob got to see the Ranger heading to Isle Royale so thought we would share those photos with you. Here is a closeup view of the bridge while Bob was walking with the Ranger approaching.

The bridge raising for the Ranger.

The Ranger passing underneath the bridge.

The Ranger just past the bridge.

The Ranger going past the campground and waterfront park area.

So far we have not gotten tired of seeing the Ranger, or the Lift Bridge in action, or just the Lift Bridge.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


  1. We saw one of these bridges in Oregon. So fascinating.

    That is one mighty fine looking ferry.

  2. Those style lift bridges are getting to be an endangered species!