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Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

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7.00 LBS

Bushcraft-- wilderness self reliance skills— the ability to not only survive, but thrive for extended periods in the woods. For some, it can take a lot of gear to thrive, for others, all they need is a trusty knife, a hatchet, and the wealth of knowledge accumulated over a lifetime. Our Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs are built to carry big or small loads. All three sizes are designed narrow, for exploration, slipping between dog hair aspen and brush, these packs blend classic materials and construction with updated features for modern classic backwoods adventures. With lots of organization in the form of pockets, attachments and straps, there’s space to keep gear where it needs to be. Plus, there’s plenty of capacity in the tall, narrow pack body.


-Twin, vertical 2-in-1 pockets straddle an axe sleeve. Pair it with one of our Wood Craft Axes. -Each pocket is roughly the size of a 1L bottle and provides a space between the pocket and pack body to stow a folding saw or other long, thin object and keep it handy. -Premium Buckskin padded backstraps are distinctive and comfortable. -Ships with sturdy sternum strap installed. -All the straps are carefully selected and cut from a side of strong harness leather. -Lashing and compression at the sides with bridle leather straps, tough diamond-braid nylon cord and solid brass rings and buckles. -A slip pocket at the bottom of each side panel, two D-rings on the lid and lash squares at the bottom (four squares on the full size and Jr., two squares on the Mini) allow gear to be stored on the outside of the pack. -The lid features a slim pocket for maps or other essentials. -Outer pockets feature solid brass grommet weep holes to purge duff and water. - New for 2017 Each of the bushcraft packs now come with a waist belt holder built in. A Medium Cotton Web Belt that fits 30”-44” is always included with No.730, the full sized Isle Royale. If you’d like another size or style, or want to add a belt to an Isle Royale Junior or Mini, you can add one on to your order using the add-ons above. More info on our Waist Belt offering can be found here.

We build all our waxed canvas Frost River packs, bags, and accessories at our shop in Duluth, Minnesota.

The Isle Royales are no exception. Weather and abrasion resistant waxed canvas from Fairfield Textiles in New Jersey, premium leather from the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota, along with robust, solid brass hardware, all come together with heavy thread and pack building know-how by our experienced sewing and production staff here in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. We know how to build a pack the right way, guarantee it to last, and will be here with service and repair should it need to be refurbished after years of service. There is a symbiosis created when carrying a pack handcrafted of natural materials into the field. The canvas and leather blend with nature in a way that modern synthetics can’t. The swish going through brush is softer. The scrape over rock is subdued, the natural colors and organic textures just fit. The smell of warm leather in the sun, the beaded water droplets, fresh off a canoe paddle stroke, glisten just a bit brighter on waxed canvas than they do on with man-made materials. There’s unique character in a handcrafted, waxed canvas pack. It’s meant to be used in the woods, as it has been for generations. It remains relevant, and reminds a person to make plans to get back out again soon. Those of us who care about what we carry, and can see an object for more than the sum of its parts, will notice an inherent value and a sense of camaraderie between an outdoor traveler, a trusted pack, and the road, the stream, the journey… Add a Windigo Signal Bag and some straps to add a zippered pocket that lets you blend in or stand out, depending on your needs and changing environment.

Personalize your pack with a Canvas My State leather patch, details below.



I.R. 23″h x 15″w x 8″d, actual 2760 c.i. Expanded volume, 4968 c.i. (approx.), I.R. Jr. 18″h x 15″w x 6″d, actual 1620 c.i. Expanded volume, 2916 c.i.(approx.), I.R. Mini 15″h x 15″w x 5″d, actual 1125 c.i. Expanded volume, 2025 c.i. (approx.), I.R. pockets 11″h x 5″w x 3″d, Jr. pockets 10.5″h x 5″w x 3″d, Mini pockets 8″h x 5″ x 3″d.


I.R. approx. 7 lbs, I.R. Jr. approx. 5.5 lbs, Mini approx. 4.4 lbs.


4 external (2 two-in-one, 2 slip.), 1 internal map pocket.


Internal rain flaps, large flap over main compartment.


Harness leather, foam pad,, buckskin, plus sternum strap.


Leather strap and buckle, cord, and D-rings.


Double canvas.


18 oz. waxed canvas, premium leather, solid brass hardware.

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  • 5
    Worth every penny

    Posted by BlackWater Bushcraft on Nov 13th 2018

    Used this pack everyday for a few years on the Canadian Shield and Boreal Forest. This pack took a beating and shows almost no wear and tear! These packs are made for the professionals and are built to outlast even the toughest of outdoorsman! 10/10 Bushcraft/canoe/camping pack!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by Wade LeClair on Nov 12th 2018

    This is my second Frost River Pack, my first being a Summit Expedition. The Isle Royale Jr is an upgrade in my opinion.
    The side pockets with the lashings and the axe sleeve make this very versatile pack. It has ample room for a 3 night trip when packed properly.
    I place a foam pad inside the pack for extra support and comfort. When this pack is expanded it can truly swallow gear!
    The materials are top notch, the workmanship flawless, truly an heirloom piece!

  • 5
    Trusted Companion

    Posted by Brandon A. on Nov 12th 2018

    I have been an avid outdoorsman and wilderness wanderer my entire life. I recently took the plunge into the beautiful world of bushcraft. Over the course of the last six months I have been compiling a list of what I believe to be some of the highest quality equipment to use in this enchanting bushcraft world. Some examples of the categories include shelter, tools, clothing, packs, etc. Part of the fun of this exercise was the research involved to determine which items are “essential” and once defined, testing to identify which makes the cut. As much as I could, I tried to ensure the items were made in America using quality materials that could stand up to mother nature.
    All of this research was done in anticipation of my first 10-day trip into the Alaskan wilderness with my brother. We put everything to the test. As our journey progressed, I quickly realized one piece of equipment was becoming invaluable – my pack. Salt water, barnacle laced tidal flats, sand, rocks, rain, mud, you name it - the elements are different in Alaska and my Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack stood up to those elements like a champ.

    As I previously noted, I’d done exhaustive research before choosing a pack to go with me on this big adventure. I even had the opportunity to visit the Frost River store on a family vacation near Duluth,
    MN. Their heavy-duty, 18 oz. waxed canvas is strong and super durable. All of the straps are made from premium leather sourced in Red Wing, Minnesota. The hardware on the bag is solid brass! The seams are well sewn, and the attachment points are both sewn and riveted (from a huge 1900’s riveting machine). The pockets, axe sleeve and compression system are perfect. They didn’t forget about the base of the pack either, made with two layers of heavy-duty waxed canvas. To top it all off, the pack is made right there in their Duluth store, in my home state of Minnesota! After meeting the people and seeing how the packs were made, my decision was made. The Isle Royale Bushcraft pack was the one!

    Many of us will spend significant money on those prized possessions we bring with us into the wilderness. So, to me, it made good sense to investment in a high-quality pack that was matched appropriately to the adventure I planned to take. This pack protected everything I needed to keep me
    comfortable and safe in the Alaskan bush. As I look back on all the research I did and compare that to how the pack performed on my trip, I ask myself, was it worth the investment? The answer? Absolutely!
    I have fallen in love with this pack. It’s an amazing piece of gear that I know will continue to the brave the elements with me on all my adventures. I also believe it will become a family heirloom for my two young sons to adventure with themselves. I hope this shed a light on why the Frost River Isle Royale Bushcraft pack became a trusted companion on my Alaskan adventure.

  • 5
    best pack ever

    Posted by Christopher Haxton on Nov 8th 2018

    I bought the Isle Royale jr. and its volume is unbelievable. I use this pack everyday to walk to work (I live in Barrow, Ak, way above the Arctic circle). I also use it in the summer when I return to Montana for backpacking trips. it is so versatile. I can cinch it down so it is like a daypack for everyday use, but it expands enough for a backpack trip of a week or so if you pack light.

  • 4
    I bought my Isle royal Jr 5 years ago and this thing has been everywhere with my from moose hunting ,canoe trips ,ice fishing to being used as my carry on during international flights ...In a word I love it ,the only reason I gave 4 stars is that

    Posted by Chris Dawe on Nov 8th 2018

    excellent bag

  • 5
    Isle royale junior

    Posted by Louie on Nov 8th 2018

    I know these packs are made for canoeing and hiking but I liked the way these bags looked and wanted something for textbooks and other items for my daily commute to work. I spoke to a customer service rep to see what would serve my needs and she recommended the Bush craft series packs so I purchased one on the whim. When my pack arrived I knew this wasn't any ordinary pack this was bomb proof. I have used this bag everyday since I received it carrying heavy loads trekking the streets of New York City where the trails are made of concrete. This pack is no nonsense worth every penny.

  • 5
    Isle Royal

    Posted by Chris on Nov 7th 2018

    This is an A ++++++ pack. If I could give it more than five stars I would. It is big enough for everything I carry and let’s me do it with nostalgia. This was a gift to me and I would recommend it to anyone that loves to camp or bushcraft and wants a pack that will last generations.

  • 4
    Isle Royal

    Posted by WBL on Nov 7th 2018

    Well made with quality materials, I like that it is a narrow bodied pack that is tall enough to haul my stuff. As with all utility packs, I think a longer top flap and longer straps would be nice for when you need to stuff your parka on top. Not everybody walks down a path in a park, some of us use these packs while on skis, fat bikes, or Ski-Doo’s, occasionally hauling a Stihl chainsaw when clearing trail, therefore I think a sleeve inside the pack against the back would be nice to slip a piece of foam padding into for rigidity, comfort and warmth both on the back and when kneeling on the pack while ice fishing. Another improvement would be the ability to carry an ax with the head down to keep the weight at the waist and remove the axe head from the back of the head when skiing down hills, riding fat bike, or snowmobile, or for that matter - to keep the pack from being top heavy in a canoe. I would prefer to carry the ax - head down & a folding saw on the sides of the pack sitting in a shallow pocket & held on with a strap, not a bunch of rope - so they are easy to remove with choppers on to clear downed trees without undoing the top flap. Overall it’s a great pack, which could be improved in my opinion.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by Aaron A on Nov 7th 2018

    One of the highest quality items I own. I went back and forth for two years if I wanted to spend that much money on a backpack, and one day found it in a store in Minneapolis and was very impressed. Bought it on a whim with money I didn't even have at the time, and have been extremely pleased with it. Well worth the investment. I took it with me for 9 days in Isle Royale National Park and it held up like a champ. Now I use it everyday to haul my nursing textbooks. 5/5 would buy again!!