Bonus question if you're from the area and know from past experience - approx when would the schedule release and be bookable for national park boat tours for Voyaguer Lakes National Park also?
Trying to plan out a long itinerary which has a lot of moving parts and need to lock in some dates, but need the schedule.
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From Grand Portage (Voyageur II and Sea Hunter), when their schedule is approved, but I believe it's been in Jan the last couple years: https://www.isleroyaleboats.com/news.html
From Copper Harbor (Queen IV), they say mid-December: https://www.isleroyaleboats.com/news.html
As far as planning, the boat schedules haven't changed much in years (or decades). For planning purposes the only real question becomes first and last trips, and when they switch from reduced to full schedules. Unless you're close to those dates, you can use last year's schedules and be pretty confident as to the days of the week.
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Your starting point is knowing the Houghton, MI boat (NPS Ranger III) and one of the Grand Portage, MN boats (Voyageur II) go out on one day, overnight on the Island, and then return the next day, while the Copper Harbor, MI (Isle Royale Queen IV) and the 2nd Grand Portage, MN (Sea Hunter) go out and back in one day. Weather can very occasionally cause delays from a few hours to an entire day. This is quite rare and occurs more frequently late in the season but it's good to not plan something super important close to your schedule. Very early season and very late season do vary from these general schedules.
Another noteworthy thing is the Voyageur II offers a wide variety of pickup and drop off points. These can help create a more desirable hiking experience. Even if Michigan might be closer for you it could be worth the additional drive to Minnesota.
The combined schedule at the top of this forum should help. Each page represents a change in weekly schedules.