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by Redbad
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary
Replies: 18
Views: 1090

Re: Rock Harbor to Windigo in 2.5 days on Labor Day Weekend - Advice on Itinerary

For planning purposes, you should plan on around 1.5 miles per hour. Day 2, you will be spending time climbing up to the Greenstone, so your pace will drop. Also keep in mind that your mileage does not include the mileage from the Greenstone to SLD (and back). Could be a very long day of hiking -- b...
by Redbad
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Trail planning, early August
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Trail planning, early August

Your itinerary is very doable. The shelters on ISRO are 24 or so inches off of the ground and are on platforms. 3 sides are paneled; the 4th is screened. There is a spring loaded door for entry/exit. Please do not let the door slam shut. This includes the outhouses. ISRO is unlike many other Nationa...
by Redbad
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Bag
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: Sleeping Bag

Clear skies and a north wind can make it dip into the upper 30s to low 40s, especially on the north side, even in August. Bring the warmer bags or bring additional thermal layers and a wool hat and thick wool socks.
by Redbad
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1619

Re: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip

Lake Ritchie canoe is around a mile or so (as the crow flies) west of the Lake Ritche campground. Canoe flotation device: while this is up to you, you really should be prepared to be able to self rescue anywhere on ISRO. Depending on how you will be getting to the chain of inland lakes -- paddling d...
by Redbad
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Feedback 08/04-08/13
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Itinerary Feedback 08/04-08/13

I have done the Rock Harbor to Windigo via the Minong and then back via the Greenstone with a mail drop at Windigo for resupply. I see a couple of potential issues -- day 2: depending on how you get from Daisy Farm to McCargoe and then to TH, say via Mt. Objibway (a great stop for views of the NE pa...
by Redbad
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.

One thing to keep in mind is that the portages on ISRO were made with canoes in mind and it may be challenging to portage a kayak, especially on the Chippewa Harbor/ Lake Whittlesey portage, the Lake LaSage/ Lake Ritchie portage, the Chippewa Harbor/ Lake Ritchie portage, and the Moskey Basin/ Lake ...
by Redbad
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Paddling the island?
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Paddling the island?

I have packrafted extensively around ISRO on two trips so far with an Alpacka Dali Lama. Ranger Emily at Amygdaloid Island Ranger Station has/had an Alpacka Fjord Explorer packraft which she used in the Five Fingers area (we met and talked packrafts in the middle of McCargoe Cove last summer). Packr...
by Redbad
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: THE ISLANDS!!
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: THE ISLANDS!!

I fully agree that the rangers (and NPS support personnel) are friendly and great people. ISRO is self regulating. Many of the campers and boaters on ISRO have been there before and have taken a level of ownership. What that means in effect is that if visitors do get out of line, then other campers ...
by Redbad
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip
Replies: 19
Views: 1619

Re: Trying to plan a first time canoe/portage trip

I am not Ingo, but I did the route that you describe last year, so I might be of assistance -- There are waterproof stuff sacks with shoulder straps. There are also packs called Duluth packs which are made for canoe portaging. You could also pack your backpack as normal, perhaps with a waterproof st...
by Redbad
Wed May 24, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Thoughts on what kayak to use? Thinking about a Hobie Mirage Oasis
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Thoughts on what kayak to use? Thinking about a Hobie Mirage Oasis

Open top kayaks have their place, but ISRO in September might not be that place unless you will be sticking with some of the interior lakes (and are willing to portage a kayak to get to the lake(s)). The inner part of Tobin Harbor up to some of the islands near Scoville Point is also protected, as i...
by Redbad
Thu May 18, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Paddling the Inner Lakes
Replies: 9
Views: 739

Re: Paddling the Inner Lakes

One thing to keep in mind is that depending on what your paddling itinerary (and the weather) is, you can easily paddle/portage from Lake Ritchie to Wood Lake or even Lake Whittlesley in one day. That being said, Lake Ritchie Canoe and Wood Lake are my favorites. You may have the campground to yours...
by Redbad
Fri May 05, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: First timer to the IR and looking for fishing advice
Replies: 8
Views: 943

Re: First timer to the IR and looking for fishing advice

First, while I have been to ISRO multiple times, I am still 0 for ISRO in the fishing department, so don't consider me an expert (or possibly do everything the exact opposite of what I did and you will catch fish...) I used a packable fly rod with a variety of flies (Clouser minnows, Wooly Buggers, ...
by Redbad
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Greenstone--Hatchet to Chickenbone question
Replies: 4
Views: 455

Re: Greenstone--Hatchet to Chickenbone question

The Minong overall has better scenery than the Greenstone, although once you get past SLD you start getting some nice panoramic views of Lake Siskiwit. The Greenstone is cut through a Maple forest from Windigo past the Ishpeming Point fire tower. The Minong follows a more exposed ridgeline. Todd Har...
by Redbad
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: How to hang a tarp in a shelter
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: How to hang a tarp in a shelter

I had a chance to talk to two Park Service campsite maintenance workers at Caribou Island this past September. They indicated that they were the only campsite maintenance workers apart from the volunteers that staff the north shore from the Ranger Station on Amygaloid Island/ the patrol station at B...
by Redbad
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2016 Isle Royale solo by packraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1211

Re: 2016 Isle Royale solo by packraft

3MTA3 -- I am not having success with attaching a photo.
Shoot me an email at mike.boersma@gmail.com and I will attach some photos.