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by johnhens
Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Update on IR water conditions
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Update on IR water conditions

From the NPS page. Algal Blooms: The Lake Richie Algal Bloom has dissipated at this time. It is possible a bloom will return again this summer, so visitors should use caution not just on Lake Richie, but any inland lake that appears to have algal-bloom like symptoms (pea-soup, green sludge, blue-gre...
by johnhens
Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Dining recommendations in Houghton?
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: Dining recommendations in Houghton?

Soumi for breakfast. Not sure if The Library is open, my favorite in Houghton.
by johnhens
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Good article about Loons
Replies: 0
Views: 396

Good article about Loons

Thought some would enjoy this article on Loons.
https://www.wpr.org/fascinating-facts-a ... miDuIQ9H6Y
by johnhens
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Crowd size
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Crowd size

TopCarrot wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:04 am A ranger offhand said normally 18,000 hikers and last year only 1800. Pressed him for more details but he didn't seem to know more and that was his only nugget.
I am guessing the low numbers for last year was due to the Island only being serviced by the seaplanes and folks on private boats.
by johnhens
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishing Duncan Bay
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Fishing Duncan Bay

We fished the bay near the CG at the back for Northern and did very well. I spoke to some fisherman who trolled both sides of the "narrows" where the CG is and did well in the Spring and Fall for Lake Trout.
by johnhens
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Wild Cow Parsnip
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Re: Wild Cow Parsnip

Can you get sap on you from just brushing through intact plants? Curious how a hiker would avoid exposure and how to get it off of clothing when backpacking along the trails mentioned. I have experience with Wild Parsnip from doing prairie restoration. Nasty stuff. I was removing it (shovel) and mu...
by johnhens
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Wild Cow Parsnip
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Re: Wild Cow Parsnip

thesneakymonkey wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:45 pm Yea that was me that posted it. Was everywhere on the feltdmann loop and areas around Windigo (including all the walkways in and out of camp/store/visitor center/docks). Nasty stuff.
Thanks, called Tecnu about use for cow parsnip, have not heard back.
by johnhens
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Wild Cow Parsnip
Replies: 9
Views: 603

Wild Cow Parsnip

Somone posted about Wild Cow Parsnip on the trail between Feldtmann and Siskiwit. If you brush against it and are exposed to the sun you will get blisters/burns from the phototoxins in the sap. If you rbush up against it, wash off with soap and water. Also around Windigo. https://www.dec.ny.gov/anim...
by johnhens
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Where to see a Moose?
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: Where to see a Moose?

Thanks everyone for all the information. I'm not sure yet of our itinerary other than at least one night at Moskey Basin (hoping for a nice sunrise). I will look on the map to find Washington Creek and see if we can plan around being near there some evening or morning. Walk the trail towards Lake R...
by johnhens
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Charge your inReach Mini periodically
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Charge your inReach Mini periodically

Good info, thanks Ingo!!
by johnhens
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom
Replies: 16
Views: 761

Re: Lake Ritchie Algae Bloom

All the sites.
by johnhens
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Text a bouy in the Great Lakes for reports
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Text a bouy in the Great Lakes for reports

Came across this and thought it might be useful. Text a weather bouy on the Great Lakes and you will receive a weather report from that bouy. http://www.rockthelake.com/buzz/2018/07/text-a-great-lakes-buoy-and-itll-text-you-back-with-the-latest-water-conditions/?fbclid=IwAR1eGe9rtPzr7JgNz3nsw_xvrzJ0...
by johnhens
Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Fire ban
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Fire ban

JerryB wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 11:33 am I hope folks listen!
Me too.
by johnhens
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Fire ban
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Fire ban

Due to drought conditions, the NPS has instituted a fire ban on IR. No fires of any kind are allowed including campfires, and cooking fires anywhere on the Island. Fuel cook stoves and twig stoves are ok.