Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

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Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by jsuh84 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:39 pm

I'm jones'ing for a good backpacking trip (4-5 days) and Isle Royale has been on my mind for some time.

Considering general weather conditions and visiting trends, which would you recommend: going there in August or in September, especially after Labor day?

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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by Ingo » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:17 pm

Only down side to Sept is the weather tends to turn with more blows and higher likelihood of boats being delayed. Went the 3rd week last year--the boat that brought us out in 8' seas was a day late going back, and we were a day late getting back at the end.


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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by JerryB » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:49 am

"Traffic" (and that is a relative term) will be lighter in September, but the stores will be closed. On the other hand, August offers blueberries, rasberries and thimbleberries.


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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by jsuh84 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:12 am

JerryB wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:49 am
"Traffic" (and that is a relative term) will be lighter in September, but the stores will be closed. On the other hand, August offers blueberries, rasberries and thimbleberries.
Thanks for dropping this!! Gotta hurry and find some time in August then!!

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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by Ingo » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:25 am

JerryB wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:49 am
"Traffic" (and that is a relative term) will be lighter in September, but the stores will be closed. On the other hand, August offers blueberries, rasberries and thimbleberries.
Forgot about the berries! But then I've never been when there's been many--always too early or too late.


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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by Midwest Ed » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:17 am

The store, the lodge, the restaurants and The MV Sandy should be open throughout the first week of September. Labor Day Monday(the 4th this year) always signals the beginning of that last week. They will be buttoning up certain things and store will be short on many things. I suspect Saturday the 9th will be their last day. Call to be sure if it matters to you. Also the Isle Royale Queen drops from 7 days/week to just 2 on Labor Day week.
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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by huntertim214 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:47 am

Ingo wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Only down side to Sept is the weather tends to turn with more blows and higher likelihood of boats being delayed. Went the 3rd week last year--the boat that brought us out in 8' seas was a day late going back, and we were a day late getting back at the end.
Were you on the Queen during that passage? When I was on it earlier this month one of the crew members was talking about a trip with 8' seas and that it was one of the roughest that he had seen... sounded pretty exciting, lol.

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Re: Better to visit Isle Royale ASAP or later in September?

Post by Ingo » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:24 pm

huntertim214 wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:47 am
Ingo wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Only down side to Sept is the weather tends to turn with more blows and higher likelihood of boats being delayed. Went the 3rd week last year--the boat that brought us out in 8' seas was a day late going back, and we were a day late getting back at the end.
Were you on the Queen during that passage? When I was on it earlier this month one of the crew members was talking about a trip with 8' seas and that it was one of the roughest that he had seen... sounded pretty exciting, lol.
Was on the Queen--not sure if he was referring to the same trip or not. Didn't seem THAT bad to me, but I do like rock'n and roll'n :).

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