Bangsund Fishery

Rock Harbor

Bansund Residence (#141), 1949: [NVIC: 40-308], ISRO Archives.


ack Bansund operated a commercial fishery business out of the Rock Harbor area. Bangsund was a squatter and never held title to any Isle Royale lands. A main residence, two sleeping cabins, and a log crib are all the structures that remain from the Bangsund era. Following his death in 1959, the National Park Service allowed Durward Allen and David Mech to use the property as a field work base camp. After Allen retired in 1975, the camp was reoccupied by Rolf Peterson to serve as headquarters for the wolf-moose project. Today, the Bangsund cottage remains an important structure in the park for its representation of Isle Royale commercial fishing and its association with the wolf-moose study.

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Bangsund Fishery Site Map: Isle Royale National Park.


Help Tell The Story

Are you connected to this fishery? Would you be willing to share stories or photos associated with related events? If so, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the Cultural Resource Manager at Isle Royale National Park. Or write to:

Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896


  1. Scarpino, Philip. 2010. Cultural Resources on Isle Royale National Park: An Historic Context. Unpublished Manuscript. Pp. 108. Print.