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Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

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Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack No. 730. The largest Isle Pack of the collection. All Three offer buckskin padded backstraps, twin 2-in-1 exterior pockets, an axe sleeve, side compression cording, waxed canvas construction, and a guarantee to last.

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. 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, check out our Waist Belt offerings, 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.

Upgrade Options:

Canvas My State Patches: Add a "canvas my state" buckskin patch, we've got all 50 United States available in our palomino buckskin, same stuff we use for the backstrap upgrade. This Upgrade makes this your pack, and NON-returnable.

Notes: Please note that pack upgrades require us to spend a little extra time working with your pack, and may add up to a week to your order processing. Also all of our buckskin comes from real, wild deer hides, so each one's unique and may have scars.

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  • 5
    Isle Royale JR Bushcraft

    Posted by Mike on Feb 13th 2021

    This is a quality made, durable pack, that should last longer than I will be able to use it. I bought it to take on canoe trips, and I love the traditional look. Thanks Frost River!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Adam Smith on Feb 6th 2021

    Way better product that anticipated! Beautiful piece. Cant wait to take it out in woods. Old adage goes you get what you pay for.

  • 5
    Isle Royal Bushcraft Pack

    Posted by Larry on Feb 4th 2021

    Great craftsmanship. The bag is as advertised. Robust and well made. Already had it out on a few overnighters in the cold. Held all the gear I needed to keep warm. Could not recommend it more.

  • 5
    Wonderful Pack

    Posted by Serge Bazyuk on Feb 4th 2021

    Did my research before purchasing a pack. I was leaning towards a cheaper pack from another well known online store but decided to purchase the Frost River pack because of one reason: I wanted a pack that would last my whole life. I was not disappointed! The build quality is above and beyond and the comfort is amazing. Will be purchasing more products from Frost River!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Charles Gravely on Jan 28th 2021

    Amazing comfort, superior quality, and spectacular craftsmanship
    God is good

  • 5

    Posted by Mahlon on Jan 28th 2021

    Beautiful craftsmanship, excellent pack for my needs. This holds most of the extra gear I need to go out on my property and fell trees, buck logs, and split wood - in addition to clearing areas. I put it to use right away, and it is perfect.

  • 5
    Isle Royal Jr.

    Posted by Alfonso C. on Jan 28th 2021

    Attention to detail from the packaging to the quality of the back pack is unbelievable. I dont think i have to repeat how sturdy and how good the quality of the pack is. From the smell of the canvas and leather ..... just great experience overall

  • 5

    Posted by Chris Obudzinski on Jan 12th 2021

    I purchased the isle royals jr versus the full size. After reading reviews I found this size would fit perfectly for what I was intending to use it for which was mostly 1-2 day trips.

    I have not had an opportunity to take this out yet. I have been looking at these packs for a while. My only hesitation was the price. I have to say they are worth every penny. The craftsmanship is incredible from the leather straps to the brass buckles. All sticker together beautifully. I have no doubt when I get it out in the woods it will perform impeccably.

    It is not the lightest pack. But that is not what I wanted. I was looking for a “classic” USA hand crafted bushcraft pack. That is exactly what I got.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Jr

    Posted by Keith Honey on Jan 10th 2021

    The quality is as advertised so it should stand up to the use it will receive living in the African bush!