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Isle Royale Bushcraft Packs

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7.00 LBS
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

    Posted by Chris on Jun 1st 2020

    Great little pack, I own many frost river packs and chose this model for my urban bug out bag. Perfect size

  • 5
    Awesome craftsmanship

    Posted by Jim B on May 20th 2020

    Purchased the mini in heritage black. I love this brand and i thought it would be slightly small after ordering but its actually a great size, i am 6 ft. 175 lbs. This pack is very well made, so impressed. Thank you Frost River.

  • 5
    Isle Royale

    Posted by Chris J Waldron on Feb 23rd 2020

    This is an exceptionally durable and attractive pack! The packaging was nice, the first impression was very good; and after multiple hikes and a couple of canoe trips, I couldn’t be more satisfied. Just an all round versatile pack that I can foresee lasting the rest of my life!

  • 5
    Isle Royale Mini WC

    Posted by Darrin Cowie on Feb 21st 2020

    Just got my pack this morning, along with the Back Bay Lumbar pack, which Frost River kindly added the portage pack assembly so it clips onto the Isle Royale pack.
    I have to say, the only difficulty I had was the customs duty- my fellow Canadians, if you're a little clueless like me, remember there is a customs fee! But the pack itself is great. I can fit my art supplies, tent, bedding, saw, ax, tarps and 4 days of clothing on and in the pack and my kitchen set up fits nicely in the lumbar pack, with a little room to spare in both for food and toiletries.
    All in all, I'm very impressed with the look and space of the gear I've received and look forward to getting out in the bush with it. Thank you to Aaron and Dawn for all the extras you were able to provide, especially the monograms. They are perfect.

  • 5
    Superb Craftsmanship and Service

    Posted by Jason Hendrix on Feb 7th 2020

    Extremely happy I choose to go with Frost River for my Bushcraft bag! I ordered the Frost River Royal Jr and received it fast and when it arrived I was beyond happy with the craftsmanship of the pack!

  • 5
    Isle Royal Bushpacks

    Posted by A. TEXAN on Feb 4th 2020

    The JR and the Mini are the most bombproof packs I have ever used. No zippers. No velcro. No flimsy high vis nylon. No silly plastic frames or struts.

    The junior is plenty for a several day trip. The mini is perfect for a day, or everyday carry manpurse. Mini fits guns, knives, admin gear, computer, lunch, and a poncho. Doesnt get any better. Besides being built like tanks, they look even better than any other canvas packs on the market.

  • 5

    Posted by Justin on Jan 23rd 2020

    Pulled the trigger on this old school bag.
    First I must admit I own several bags from frost river.
    This is an excellent bag I have the larger one . It will hold my winter hammock set up cooking gear , food and bed roll. The comfort is great. I figured by using a bag with out the back support like the newer bags would be not as comfortable but when you pack it correct it is better than the newer bags for me. I also am ok with the slight weight increase personally. I have made some miles on the App trail with it and I was very happy with it. Plus it keeps stuff dry when there are rain showers.
    The waste belt took a bit to dial in but now I am good with it as well. My only complaint it that now I want the smaller one for lighter camping and less gear times.

  • 5
    Isle Royale Bushcraft Pack Full-Size.

    Posted by John “pinkiewerewolf” Guengerich on Jan 17th 2020

    I expected a lot when I ordered the full sized Bushcraft pack from Frost River. On initially receiving the pack and its first uses, I’m glad to say that they have exceeded my expectations for a durable well made pack to last me the rest of my days. Materials and stitching are top quality and well done. Storage inside the main compartment holds most of my gear and my wool blanket, for when the weather is wet & nasty. The axe pocket works well when walking and when I set the pack down at my destination. I could go on & on, I’ll just end with this, it was money well spent that I should have done sooner.

  • 5
    Isle Royale jr

    Posted by Joe Mason on Jan 12th 2020

    Unbelievable quality, one very happy with the pack, worth every penny!!