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by Midwest Ed
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time Sept trip
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: First time Sept trip

Make sure you take your tent as you can never be guaranteed of getting a shelter although during that time of year the odds are extremely high, especially at Daisy Farm. I hope I didn't paint a gloomy weather picture. After Labor Day is my personal favorite season on Isle Royale. The cooler weather ...
by Midwest Ed
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time Sept trip
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: First time Sept trip

Unfortunately, the Rock Harbor Lodge concessions close this year on September 14th. This is actually one week longer than usual. This means no water taxi is available. It also means that the island visitor traffic will also be dropping off significantly. Daisy Farm is not as popular with many becaus...
by Midwest Ed
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 19
Views: 642

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Snow mobile'rs are still out and about in several areas of the U.P. Even though, according to the DNR, the official season is over there is still a 2 foot base in some areas.
by Midwest Ed
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Aurora caught on webcam
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Aurora caught on webcam

It looks like the Northern Lights but I believe that it is actually the lights of Thunder Bay reflecting off low altitude clouds. The recent solar activity has been at extremely low levels.
by Midwest Ed
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Combined Ferry Schedule Calendar - 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 3341

Re: Combined Ferry Schedule Calendar - 2018

I updated the schedule to reflect the climate. Please take note...this is an unofficial aggregate of the ferrys' schedules. Please contact the ferry operators for latest details.
by Midwest Ed
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 19
Views: 642

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Blue skies have returned long enough to charge the web cam batteries, clearly showing Winter is still present.
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Mott Island Web Cam Link
by Midwest Ed
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work

The author of the original comment referenced was indeed ignorant while I characterized it as crude. But he still inadvertently predicted the same result that the newly introduced 20 wolves and their offspring will also, almost certainly, become extirpated once again by the isolation of the Island i...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Opening Day Weather
Replies: 14
Views: 458

Re: Opening Day Weather

Winter camping on The Island sounds exciting. . . . if I were 30 years younger. We used to winter camp in the Keweenaw when I was 20 something. It was interesting for the very few times I did it except for the fact it seemed like almost all the effort and energy was spent trying to stay alive. I thi...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Adding wolves to IR, how it would work

I saw one comment on wasting tax dollars claiming that the island couldn't support 20 wolves and they'd kill each other off. There is actually some inadvertent truth in that statement (although not in the crude manner the author probably suggested). The Island once had as many as 50 wolves and ulti...
by Midwest Ed
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishing/Hiking w/9 year old son
Replies: 4
Views: 150

Re: Fishing/Hiking w/9 year old son

All great ideas from Ingo. I will add that the canoe rentals are also available for starting in Tobin Harbor as well (no portaging over needed). This gives paddling access to all of Tobin Harbor, which is generally more shielded from the weather than is Rock Harbor Channel. Also gives easy access to...
by Midwest Ed
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Scoville Point Loop part of the best 100 miles in the NPS
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Scoville Point Loop part of the best 100 miles in the NPS

Rafiki wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:17 am
Does anyone have access to the other 99 trails that are listed. If so could you post the link here?
Scroll to the bottom of the backpacker.com article. There is a link there.
by Midwest Ed
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: Shelters

Below is a picture of Daisy Farm from a 1963 postcard. Daisy Farm 1963 Postcard CROPPED.jpg Things have changed a lot in terms of fires (and a lot of other things). The text below is in the rules section of the 1953 park brochure: "Keep your camp clean. Whenever possible burn garbage in your campfi...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: Shelters

Yes, the cabin was just to the left as you walked off the dock. A ranger lived there. That was back when it was on an open field of .... grass and Daisy's
by Midwest Ed
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: Shelters

The one in figure 22 is what I remember. It must have been 1975. I also remember a water faucet at Daisy Farm during the same time period.
by Midwest Ed
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Shelters
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: Shelters

There actually used to be a shelter at either Hatchet or South Desor. I remember it from the early 70's. It was much more primitive, made from whole logs with chinking, open front (no screens), shake roof and dirt floor. It was maybe half the size of those today.