Water Taxi

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Water Taxi

Post by LarryEngel » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:17 am

We will be taking 2 water taxi's when we are on Isle Royale August 10 from Rock Harbor to Chippewa Harbor and again August 14 from Moskey Basin back to Rock Harbor.
Is it correct to tip the driver for the service?

I have done so in the past.

Maybe a better way to ask this question is;
Is this a Taxi driver that gets paid almost enough to just stay alive and relies on tips to live or is this a National Park Service Employee that gets paid just enough to survive and that's okay as long as they can live on IRNP for 5 months.


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by Donk_67 » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:13 pm

I believe the water taxi is a private enterprise run by the lodge, so the employee wouldn't be an official gov't employee. I suppose if I could afford the water taxi, I might be inclined to tip the driver...then again I don't plan to tip the pilot who's flying me over to the island. Just my opinion.


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by ISROFAN » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:56 pm

I used the water taxi last year to Chippewa Harbor, the
Captain of the boat told me he was a retired ranger. The water taxi is owned by Forever Resorts and he was doing it because he wanted 5 months on the Island. I tipped him well. He had tons of information about the island and actes as à tour guide all the way there.


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by MattC » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:35 pm

How much is the water taxi to Chippewa Harbor from RH? I want to take it next year.

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Re: Water Taxi

Post by srparr » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:17 pm

MattC wrote:How much is the water taxi to Chippewa Harbor from RH? I want to take it next year.
It varies by how many people are riding, distance to destination, and can change each year. For the "freshest" cost, your best bet is to look it up at http://www.rockharborlodge.com/water-taxi


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by MattC » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:25 pm

Thanks for the link. $195 to Chippewa seems a little pricy but it'll save us a lot of time which makes it worth it.
Are these private or park owned boats they take us on? I guess that would determine an appropriate number for a tip.

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Re: Water Taxi

Post by srparr » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:38 pm

They are owned & operated by the concessionaire, Forever Resorts, as is the Rock Harbor Lodge & Wendigo store.

The group I usually go with has a limited amount of vacation time, and it has to include travel to/from the island. For us the decision to use the taxi or not depends on how far out into the back country we want to start or finish a trip.

While expensive, I usually rationalize it that we are buying time on the island. We could hike for a day or two to get to Chippewa, or use the taxi ride to "buy back" a couple days of our vacation (which lets us explore further into the island while we are there ... or even just relax longer at certain places!)


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by MattC » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:47 pm

That's pretty much what I was thinking with "buying back" days. Are they able to take us right when we get off the Queen? I assume they will with a reservation but I'd hate to burn a day at Rock Harbor. Even though it was fun being in "civilzation" for our last night.

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Re: Water Taxi

Post by srparr » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:57 pm

I've always made a reservation as there are only a couple water taxis and they do get booked up.

With a reservation before we get there, we've sometimes had to wait a few hours for the taxi to return from another drop off, but usually manage to get out of Rock Harbor the same day we arrive. Without a reservation you are at the mercy of how busy the island is.


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by MattC » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:04 pm

Great! Thanks for the tips! Next year we plan to go later in the season. Island was filled with loud obnoxious people last week during peek.


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by tree rattt » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:18 pm

Try November ....I hear it is real quiet and peaceful that time of year ....noooo obnoxious people what so ever ;) . But you will be out of luck on the water taxi .....but hey no tip for the driver :) ....remember it is only illegal if you get caught!!!! :)


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by tree rattt » Wed Feb 18, 2015 7:41 am

Does the water taxi only run out of Rock Harbor?

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Re: Water Taxi

Post by srparr » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:17 am

tree rattt wrote:Does the water taxi only run out of Rock Harbor?
Yes


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Re: Water Taxi

Post by tree rattt » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:53 am

Thanks srparr.
Back to the drawing board i guess :)

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Re: Water Taxi

Post by philranger » Wed Jul 01, 2015 1:55 pm

A message for Tightlines.

I see you're taking the water taxi from Rock Harbor to the Lookout Louise dock.

Do you have a phone number for a reservation and cost of the boatride?

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Isle Royale Trips: 2005 - RH to Windigo via Greenstone. 2006 - McCargoe Cove to Chippewa Harbor. 2007 - RH to Daisy Farm and back. 2008 - Feltmann loop. 2009 - McCargoe Cove to Chippewa Harbor. 2013 - Minong Ridge. 2014 - Windigo + Huginnin Cove. 2015 - RH water taxi to Hidden Lake to LC to DF to MB.

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