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by johnhens
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: NWS weather updates for IR
Replies: 2
Views: 82

NWS weather updates for IR

The NWS has new updated weather info for IR forecasts. Isle Royale Recreational Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=mqt... New for 2021, US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan has divided the park into four quadrants (SW, NE, NW, SE) and now reports weather for each. This...
by johnhens
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Inland fishing for backpackers?
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Inland fishing for backpackers?

I will preface this by saying I enjoy fishing, particularly IR. When kayaking, I have a few rods that I bring. If backpacking, my route always includes at least 1 lake to fish. you don't need a lot of equipment, I carry a 2 pc med light 6'6" spinning rod and a 2500 series spinning reel spooled ...
by johnhens
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: sock debate
Replies: 11
Views: 354

Re: sock debate

Another vote for Darn Tough
by johnhens
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Northern Pike Legal Limit 30" Max
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: Northern Pike Legal Limit 30" Max

I noticed in the Superintendent's Compendium (can't believe johnhens hasn't posted it yet :wink: ) that the legal limit for Northerns on Inland Lakes is now a maximum of 30" with no minimum size. I thought with your new "leisure" time, you would be all over this (and I had not read t...
by johnhens
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Lightweight, compact binoculars
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Lightweight, compact binoculars

Binnoculars are like any Outdoors gear, you get what you pay for. Here is a good comparison of compact binnoculars which includes good info on what $$$ will get you. https://www.worldbirds.org/best-compact-binoculars/ I have a pair of Vortex (not compact) binnocs and a spotting scope. Vortex has a l...
by johnhens
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste
Replies: 16
Views: 1013

Re: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste

I asked Tricia about teeth brushing, toothpaste ect. She is a Dental Hygienist. She said if one were to brush adequitely, water is all that is needed. Most people don't brush adequitely. Baking soda is a good product to use for brushing. Most people, when using toothpaste, use way to much. A little ...
by johnhens
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: One word for Isle Royale National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: One word for Isle Royale National Park

I think there has been discussion about putting "tower or towers" At Ojibway and Ishpeming tower (not sure what would be needed to cover the park). I know there has been similar conversations at other parks (including Yellowstone). My concern is the person at the campground on their phone ...
by johnhens
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2021 trail closures? cross-country camping permits?
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: 2021 trail closures? cross-country camping permits?

Does anyone know when the NPS will post plans for summer 2021 rules? I specifically want to know if the full length of the Minong Ridge trail will be open, and whether hikers will be able to get cross-country zone camping permits. Both were not available last summer. At this point the Minong should...
by johnhens
Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: One thing you wish you knew...
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: One thing you wish you knew...

I really never understood addiction till I had a thimbleberry.
by johnhens
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:27 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Isle Royale Loons
Replies: 13
Views: 2177

Re: Isle Royale Loons

Moskey Basin is great. Tobin Harbor. Lane Cove. Daisy Farm dock. Depending on the time in summer, may not be calling as much as they tend their chicks.
Fall in Moskey is great as they gather there in large flocks for migration. They may keep you up all night with their calling.
by johnhens
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: 2021 Ranger Schedule
Replies: 0
Views: 817

2021 Ranger Schedule

News Release: Isle Royale Opening in 2021; Ranger III Reservations Start March 1 for Summer Trips Isle Royale National Park announced today plans are being finalized to open the park for visitation this summer and for Ranger III to provide limited public passenger service. Ranger III passenger servi...
by johnhens
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:37 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2021 trail closures? cross-country camping permits?
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: 2021 trail closures? cross-country camping permits?

Does anyone know when the NPS will post plans for summer 2021 rules? I specifically want to know if the full length of the Minong Ridge trail will be open, and whether hikers will be able to get cross-country zone camping permits. Both were not available last summer. The Greenstone Paper should be ...
by johnhens
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Do weather band radios work?
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: Do weather band radios work?

North side either MI or MN. Can also get CN, but it is on metric with temps in Celsius, wave heights in meters and not sure if pressure is in millibars or inches of mercury. West side is MN and South side starting at Malone is either MN or MI. Become familiar with the times the open lakes forcast is...
by johnhens
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:12 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Father & Son Newbies
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Father & Son Newbies

If your son is new to backpacking, get him out to hike with the pack he is using, with gear in it. Easier to make adjustments on the pack and gear at home. A lodge room at the end of the trip will be nice. Might want to bring a change of clothes that you can leave at the lodge (check with them when ...