Moosewatch Application


Review of applications will begin on 15 January 2024 and continue until teams have filled. 
Returning volunteers will receive priority consideration throughout January 2024.

Being accepted as a participant is contingent on:

  1. Our review of your application.
  2. Space available in the expedition of your choice.


We will acknowledge receipt of your application as soon as possible.

Shortly after your application is approved we will send you more detailed information about the expeditions (e.g. detailed packing list, transportation) and information about how to make the suggested $450 tax-deductible donation.

Participants between the ages of 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Moosewatch expedition dates for 2024 are confirmed.

Expedition #1: 11 - 19 May

     Access via Voyageur II, from Grand Portage, MN to Windigo, returning to Grand Portage, MN from Windigo.

Expedition #2: 22 - 30 May

     Access via Voyageur II, from Grand Portage, MN to Windigo, returning to Grand Portage, MN from Windigo.

Expedition #3: 3 - 11 June

     Access via Isle Royale Queen, from Copper Harbor, MI to Rock Harbor, return to Copper Harbor, MI, from Rock Harbor.

Expedition #4: 26 July - 3 August

     Access via Ranger III, from Houghton, MI to Mott Island, returning to Houghton, MI from Mott Island.

Emergency Contacts

Introduce Yourself 

Physical Fitness

Please rate how well you think you can accomplish each of the following activities *:

EasilyModerate wellWith difficultyNot at all
Before tiring I can walk 5 miles (8 km)
Before tiring I can walk 10 miles (16 km)
I can hike 4 hours over rough terrain
I can hike 4 hours over rough terrain with a 50lb (23 kg) pack

Please indicate how frequently and intensively you participate in each of the following activities. You may also provide us with details about two other sport or fitness related activities that you regularly participate in.

Other Relevant Information (Optional)

Acknowledgment of Risks

In consideration of the services of their officers, agents, employees, and all other persons or entities associated with Michigan Technological University (hereafter collectively referred to as “Michigan Tech ”) I agree as follows:

Although Michigan Tech has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and skilled program leaders so I can enjoy an activity for which I may or may not have adequate experience and skills, Michigan Tech has informed me that this activity is not without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma, or death. Michigan Tech does not want to frighten me or reduce my enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to expect and to be informed of the inherent risks. The following describes some, but not all, of those risks.

Description of Risks:  Including but not limited to exposure to inclement and/or hazardous weather and  conditions; rugged terrain, heights, unpredictable trail conditions; biological vectors of infection and disease, and other conditions to be reasonably expected during back-country exploration and camping.

I am aware that entails risks of injury or death to any participant. I understand the description of these inherent risks is not complete and that other unknown or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury or death. I agree to assume and accept full responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate, and I elect to participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks.

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different from other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the personnel of Michigan Tech have been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity.

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death, or loss of personal property and expenses as a result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity.

I have carefully read, clearly understood, and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon me, my heirs, assigns, personal representative, and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.