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Drop off

Post by tphanson » Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:52 pm

My wife and I are coming up on September 1st out of Grand Portage, we will be starting our hike from Rock Harbor but know we'll stop at Windigo first. We'll be out for 6 nights, is there someplace to leave a package with some stuff at Windigo that we can pick up when we arrive back? Thanks

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Re: Drop off

Post by Ingo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:28 am

Unfortunately not.

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Re: Drop off

Post by Montana » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:10 am

You have a couple of options:

1) Mail a package to yourself in Windigo and pick it up on the dock when you arrive there at the conclusion of your hike (see the Park Service website for details).
2) Make arrangements with the folks that run the Voyageur II and have them deliver the package in Windido (basically the same option as #1, but without the use of USPS).

The downside of both options is that you have to be at the dock when the package arrives by boat. Also, you are at the mercy of Mother Nature, if the seas are rough, the package could be delayed.

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Re: Drop off

Post by DonNewcomb » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:42 pm

Montana wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:10 am
You have a couple of options:
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2) Make arrangements with the folks that run the Voyageur II and have them deliver the package in Windido (basically the same option as #1, but without the use of USPS).

The downside of both options is that you have to be at the dock when the package arrives by boat. Also, you are at the mercy of Mother Nature, if the seas are rough, the package could be delayed.
Option #2 has the advantage that you can give the box to Voyageur II's office and ask for delivery on a certain day (They do charge for the service). With the post office method you have no control on the day of delivery and can only hope that the ranger at Windigo is in a mood to hold it for you.

As @Montana says, all of this is at the mercy of the weather. Our schedule was thrown off by a day when Voyageur II was delayed by weather and didn't make their run on schedule. This delayed the delivery of one of two supply drops we'd arranged.


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Re: Drop off

Post by mntentman » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:58 am

If you are on the boat from Grand Portage, couldn't you leave a bag at the camp store at Windigo, for a fee, when you stop there? (Although in the period of time the boat stops at Windigo, I am not sure there would be time to run up and leave it.)

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Re: Drop off

Post by Ingo » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:21 am

mntentman wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:58 am
If you are on the boat from Grand Portage, couldn't you leave a bag at the camp store at Windigo, for a fee, when you stop there? (Although in the period of time the boat stops at Windigo, I am not sure there would be time to run up and leave it.)
I don't recall that they offer that service at the Windigo store (although they do at the R.H. lodge). You could contact the lodge at 906-337-4993 if you want to double-check. But as you pointed out, there probably isn't enough time before the boat leaves anyways.

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