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by Midwest Ed
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: First Time Visit--advice for best fishing sites
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: First Time Visit--advice for best fishing sites

A 3:30 start will be about right. You'll still have over 5 hours of daylight since Isle Royale really should be in the Central Time zone and is further north. Your return trip departs at 9 am, so unless you are early risers you'll probably want to be back in Rock Harbor the night before. How old are...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Three people evacuated
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Three people evacuated

Does this helicopter have to hit a refueler after the trip out to the island, loiter time, and then the flight to Duluth? Traverse City Air Station recently switched from the "Dolphin" (M-65) helicopters to the "Jayhawk" (Sikorsky MH-60T). It has a rated range of 700 nautical miles. Operationally, ...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Three people evacuated
Replies: 10
Views: 464

Re: Three people evacuated

Video of rescue from USCG Traverse City Interesting video. I enjoyed Air Station Traverse City's take on their posting. I stepped through the video and plotted the few GPS locations available. They are plotted in the screen capture below, in chronological order as they appear in the video. No way t...
by Midwest Ed
Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: First Time Visit--advice for best fishing sites
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: First Time Visit--advice for best fishing sites

Welcome to the forums. What are you plans for arriving and departing (which ferry or plane)? Your two best bets for fishing on a 5 day trip out of Rock Harbor (and returning to Rock Harbor) are Lake Ritchie and/or Chickenbone Lake. Fishing from shore can return successful results, especially at Lake...
by Midwest Ed
Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Todd Harbor questions
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: Todd Harbor questions

I love Todd Harbor. It's my favorite campground, but then I'm a sunset person rather than a sunrise one (I sleep through most all sunrises). Hopefully you'll be treated to a good one.

Very recent trip report with pictures and description of water fall etal. Jump to days 6/18-6/19.
by Midwest Ed
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Fishing near Windigo in Washington Harbor
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Fishing near Windigo in Washington Harbor

I have never fished Washington Harbor but I think it would be difficult to NOT catch Northern near any of the shallow weedy areas, especially near Washington Creek outlet. Here is a link containing a picture of a local Islander's collection of lures. It is a high enough resolution photo so that you ...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Lodging in Houghton
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: Lodging in Houghton

I stayed at this place earlier this year: https://vicscabins.com/ $60 ish per night. about 15 mins from the dock. clean, no frills. just north of Hancock. Great resource Base654 Vic's is the first cabin or rental I've seen in the area that doesn't require a 2 or 3 night minimum. I keep a periodic e...
by Midwest Ed
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 983

Re: Rock of Ages lighthouse restoration 2018

Ingo wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:53 pm
Thanks Fonix for all your efforts! Both on the lighthouse and camera.
I second the notion.

I'd be glad to help solve or work on the issues you've faced. PM or email me if more appropriate.
by Midwest Ed
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Lodging in Houghton
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: Lodging in Houghton

There are a few choices within a 5 to 15 minute walk of the Ranger dock, Super 8, Quality Inn, Magnuson (a local chain). All of these will be in the $100 to $150 price range unless there is a big event happening. They are all nice enough (I've stayed at the 1st 2 on the list). They are what you'd ex...
by Midwest Ed
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First trip coming up this month.. need advice!
Replies: 18
Views: 503

Re: First trip coming up this month.. need advice!

So what's the opinion on whether a canoe portage from somewhere on the Tobin Harbor trail to Three Mile CG is any sort of reasonable option, in the situation where the Rock Harbor Channel weather is too rough? Spending your first night off the Voyageur at Three Mile is certainly doable even if you h...
by Midwest Ed
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First trip coming up this month.. need advice!
Replies: 18
Views: 503

Re: First trip coming up this month.. need advice!

Ingo... we are arriving in Rock Harbor via the Ranger II... but was thinking about using the Voyageur for the 2pm pick up at Belle Isle (portaging into the bay).. OR... arranging a water taxi pick up at Duncan Narrows. Does that make sense to you??? Unfortunately the Voyageur II schedule doesn't li...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time visiting - one night
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: First time visiting - one night

Ingo offers some good alternatives (and less expensive too). I assumed your original plan was to take the shortest route from Daisy Farm back to Rock Harbor, but it sounds like you were planning to take the longer route up to Mt. Ojibway then over to Mt. Franklin. Actually, this is only about 1 mile...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time visiting - one night
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: First time visiting - one night

Welcome to the forums. Even with just one night at the Lodge you can have a great experience. If you haven't already inquired about your room assignment, there are two possibilities, 1st or 2nd floor. The 1st floor rooms have an outdoor deck with patio chairs facing the Lake. The 2nd floor rooms als...
by Midwest Ed
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: First time to Isle Royale - hike and paddle
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: First time to Isle Royale - hike and paddle

I second Ingo's ideas. Having the canoe more than triples your options along the Rock Harbor channel if your time is limited to get out of (and back to) your drop off point of Rock Harbor. Both Daisy Farm and Caribou Island allow 3 consecutive night stays, so I would head to one or the other and bas...
by Midwest Ed
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/14-7/19 2018 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: TR: 7/14-7/19 2018 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner

What a great redemption expedition and then-some. I happened to catch the "Qing" on the Marine Traffic tracking website when it was in the same place where you spotted her. I too was shocked after I saw the size of the vessel. Except for the color, this Chinese made yacht reminded me of the "Disco V...