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by RockRiver
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 2264

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Don't count on hiking the Pictured Rocks area without calling ahead about conditions. I live just a few miles west of Munising and there is still several feet of snow in the woods.
by RockRiver
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Sleeping Bag
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Sleeping Bag

Always take the warmer sleeping bag to IR.
by RockRiver
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: first sea kayak trip advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: first sea kayak trip advice

I have an Icom M-73 VHF and it has worked out well. Securite calls in the fog, especially in Rock Harbor are a great idea. My impression of most power boats is that they operate at full throttle even in the fog. My garmin gps has a barometer which while good, is not too useful on the water as I gene...
by RockRiver
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: first sea kayak trip advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: first sea kayak trip advice

It depends on how skilled and strong a paddler you are and how much of the island you actually want to see as opposed to just being able to say that you have circumnavigated IR. We don't like to do more than 20 miles or so in a day. We like to explore the coast, not just paddle by it. In our trip re...
by RockRiver
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: staking out at Belle Isle
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: staking out at Belle Isle

If you were happy at Caribou, you will like Belle Isle also. There are no real trails, but you can get around some. There are no fire rings. Each shelter has a grill like you see in roadside parks. There is a large pavillion that has a big fieldstone fireplace. Really nice. The backside of the firep...
by RockRiver
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: After Action Review: Early May backpacking trip
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: After Action Review: Early May backpacking trip

I generally sleep in a military goretex bivy sack. I like being able to keep my sleeping back dry and the sack keeps me on the thermarest even if I roll around. I have never had any inside the sack condensation issues with it. We generally go to IR in May also and the sack was good even on our eight...
by RockRiver
Thu May 25, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Thoughts on what kayak to use? Thinking about a Hobie Mirage Oasis
Replies: 3
Views: 837

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

As a sea kayaker who lives in the UP and does all of his paddling on Lake Superior, please believe me when I tell you that the kayak that you mention is not suited for IR. A sea kayak is the only suitable boat to use on Lake Superior. It will have two bulkheads in it so there will be flotation. Ther...
by RockRiver
Mon May 08, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Guess What Campground? Chapter II.
Replies: 71
Views: 5876

Re: Guess What Campground? Chapter II.

Palisades.
by RockRiver
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Early May Trip Concerns
Replies: 7
Views: 1202

Re: Early May Trip Concerns

All three trips of ours have been in the last full week of May. Snow will not be much of an issue this year. It is more likely to be very cool for temperatures. It can be warm, but, most likely very cool. 30's and 40's. You can very well have mornings in the 20's. Have thermal underwear and forget t...
by RockRiver
Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Public meetings and Webinars for wolf plan
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Re: Public meetings and Webinars for wolf plan

I was at the Houghton meeting Wednesday. The room was very full. It was plain that complying with wilderness regulation was a large driver of the DEIS. If the wolves decline was not a human induced change (parvovirus), NPS would quite likely not have considered reintroducing them. The preferred alte...
by RockRiver
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary feedback Mid June
Replies: 7
Views: 1089

Re: Itinerary feedback Mid June

Bug season starts to crank up about that time also. Don't underestimate its effect.
by RockRiver
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:54 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here
Replies: 251
Views: 61908

Re: Submissions for PICTURE OF THE WEEK go here

Chippewa Harbor.
by RockRiver
Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: First visit - kayak route labor day
Replies: 11
Views: 2082

Re: First visit - kayak route labor day

I can't comment too much on the inland lake part of the itinerary, but it is no problem to go from RH to Moskey Basin. Same for McCargoe to Belle Harbor. pretty easy paddles. Belle Island to RH is about 14 miles. You might want to look up my trip report from this May. We paddled almost 100 miles in ...
by RockRiver
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Kayak trip 23-30 May 2016.
Replies: 7
Views: 2250

Re: Kayak trip 23-30 May 2016.

I really don't know what got into us as we generally don't do more than 14 miles a day.
by RockRiver
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Kayak trip 23-30 May 2016.
Replies: 7
Views: 2250

Re: Kayak trip 23-30 May 2016.

Pucker factor was quite high. Key is to stay in deep water and stay out of breaking waves around rocks and shallows. As long as the waves aren't steep & breaking in the deep water, you just go up and down. Kind of alarming, but really fairly safe in a good sea kayak. Blake Point is definitely scary ...