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by treeplanter
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: first sea kayak trip advice
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: first sea kayak trip advice

I’ve been kayaking Isle Royale since 1990, all in a Klepper double and single. I’ve kayaked with my kayak buddies back in the 1990’s, and mostly alone the past several years. Over the years, I’ve probably kayaked around 60% of the island’s coast. Personally, I prefer to dawdle while I paddle. I’m in...
by treeplanter
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Solo Kayaking inland lakes.

What kind of kayak? Length and weight of your kayak will be your culprits when portaging. And depending on the amount of supplies you pack in your boat, portaging can take a few hours. We portaged over from Malone bay to Siskiwit Lake many years back. Between two kayaks and our gear, it took several...
by treeplanter
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 235
Views: 49608

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

This was taken during the first week of June, 2017. Still some sizable snow piles in the shade. This pic was taken on the Duncan Bay side of Blake Point, several hundred yards from the point itself.

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by treeplanter
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: How's the weather?
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: How's the weather?

huntertim214 wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:27 am
.......We will be there over the 4th of July week.
According to the 8 -14 day forecast from the Climate Prediction Center, the entire Great Lakes area has a good chance of below normal temperatures during the June 30th - July 6th period.
by treeplanter
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Re: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor

There were further upgrades earlier in May. The 20-something I talked to said the Lodge people did the upgrades primarily for the benefit of their employees. Now they can communicate with friends and family easier and more reliably than before. Another thing I learned, there are two WI-Fi networks, ...
by treeplanter
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 235
Views: 49608

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Another picture from my recent trip. This is on Porter Island, in the far NE corner of Tobin Harbor.
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by treeplanter
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Bug and Trail update
Replies: 4
Views: 889

Re: Bug and Trail update

Kayaked/hiked the NE part of the island 5/30 - 6/3. Absolutely no mosquitoes and only a few blackflies on the Greenstone around Mt. Franklin. As Ingo noted, it was a cool stretch of weather. There was still snow in the shadows around Blake Point.
by treeplanter
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Paddling the island?
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Paddling the island?

I have a Klepper folding kayak so can kind of understand where you’re coming from. I bring my kayak to the island in its bags, assemble, then paddle away. I, and my friends, have kayak-camped since 1990. We fill our boats with camp supplies, and then hop-scotch all over the island from campsite to c...
by treeplanter
Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: THE ISLANDS!!
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: THE ISLANDS!!

........We are allowed to explore out there correct?..... I did. Just spent several days on IR the previous week. Padded extensively in Tobin Harbor and in Duncan Bay. I explored several islands along the way. Porter Island is very scenic, basically a high, rock knob that is largely open, with grea...
by treeplanter
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Re: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor

The password is now "park place."
by treeplanter
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: cell phone coverage?
Replies: 15
Views: 5296

Re: cell phone coverage?

I climbed the portage trail between Tobin Harbor and Duncan Bay last week while on the island. About 1/2 way up, still on the Tobin Harbor side, I pulled out my cell phone to take a few pictures. All of a sudden, my phone started to download email. Looking down, I had a strong LTE signal. It didn't ...
by treeplanter
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Re: Wi-Fi at Rock Harbor

I spent several days on IR last week. The Wi-Fi at the Rock Harbor Lodge has been dramatically improved. Very fast and reliable. One of the people who works at the park store told me they installed new hardware and software a few weeks back. Not that we go to IR to be online, but if you need to chec...
by treeplanter
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: staking out at Belle Isle
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: staking out at Belle Isle

Both Duncan Bay and DB Narrows are water access-only sites with no real established trail system. We tried bushwalking at DB Narrows, but quickly gave up, the balsam fir saplings are just too thick. While not an island, you might try McCargoe Cove. Has a community fire ring and trail access too. The...
by treeplanter
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: staking out at Belle Isle
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: staking out at Belle Isle

Belle Isle is best explored by boat. You can spend days paddling amongst all of the bays and inlets. Safe waters too for the most part, very little direct contact with Lake Superior, especially if you go southwest. The only trails you’ll find on Belle Isle proper, are those made by curious campers. ...
by treeplanter
Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 235
Views: 49608

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Just got back from a quick trip to the island. Cool to cold, some light rain, but basically dry. Virtually no bugs at the NE part of the island. Mainly kayaked, but some hiking too. Here's one from Mt. Franklin taken on Friday, June 2nd. Edit: The leaves on the aspen and birch were about 1/2 size an...