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by refuge
Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Update from 6-16 to 6-19
Replies: 3
Views: 2031

Re: Update from 6-16 to 6-19

We were there from 6/13 - 6/19 backpacking and had a similar experience. Really lucked out! They seemed to get worse the further west we got. We ran into a hiker at Todd Harbor who had just come in via the Minong and said it was near unbearable at Little Todd Harbor the night before. They were a bit...
by refuge
Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: Other Places and Parks
Topic: Sylvania Wilderness Area - UP...suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 2068

Re: Sylvania Wilderness Area - UP...suggestions?

Tree Ratt, my husband and I backpacked Sylvania last fall. It was wonderful! In fact, we remarked that it would be a nice place to take nieces and nephews out on a first backpacking trip. Distances aren't too long, terrain is not too difficult, and yet you have all the beauty of the northwoods to en...
by refuge
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:47 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 20

For anyone still tracking on this topic, I found this article which seems to suggest that a late ice-out actually INCREASES numbers of black flies. Time will tell on our trip but I'm mentally preparing for the worst.
http://www.wpr.org/loons-abandon-their- ... -wisconsin
by refuge
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: WI Loons leave nest due to black flies
Replies: 1
Views: 1390

Re: WI Loons leave nest due to black flies

I hope the loons are OK too. And I hope that the statement about late ice out creating historic numbers of black flies is not going to ruin my trip later this week!
by refuge
Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: End of May trip
Replies: 11
Views: 4157

Re: End of May trip

Thanks for the report! Crossing my fingers that the black fly hatch holds off another few weeks.... we sail June 13 and are out for 6 nights.
by refuge
Sat May 31, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 20

FYI, I spoke with the folks at the Rock Harbor Lodge today and was told that everything on the island is about three weeks behind this spring. I asked if they thought that the insects would be late too. Sounds like there have actually already been mosquitoes out, but they're a different, larger spec...
by refuge
Sat May 31, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3142

Re: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014

Just an update for others worried about the taxi: I called the ranger station earlier this week and they told me the Rock Harbor Lodge folks were still in the process of opening up for the season and probably didn't have their phones hooked up yet. She encouraged me to keep trying. Today I called th...
by refuge
Tue May 27, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3142

Re: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014

True!! :-)
by refuge
Tue May 27, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 20

Great! I will look forward to reading your trip report. Mosquitoes I can handle. It's the black flies that make me go a bit nuts.
by refuge
Tue May 27, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3142

Re: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014

I have not heard anything yet, and am now worried that I might need to look at changing our itinerary. Do people think the taxi will be in the water by 6/13? At the very least I'd think that I would have heard back by now. I'm wondering if they are waiting to respond because they're not sure if they...
by refuge
Thu May 22, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3142

Re: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014

That's bad news... I emailed them about 2-3 weeks ago to ask about a water taxi, and haven't heard back. I called the Mammoth Cave number last night and left a phone message. Hope to hear back soon.
by refuge
Wed May 21, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3142

Itinerary for June 13-19, 2014

I am hoping the water taxi will be available- I just realized there is nobody at the Rock Harbor lodge to answer my email inquiry since the lake may still be iced over! Day 1- Arrive IRNP via Queen, water taxi to Chippewa Harbor, Lake Ritchie (4.3) Day 2- Hatchet Lake (11.1) Day 3- Todd Harbor (3.9)...
by refuge
Wed May 21, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Post your trip! The Isle Royale Trip Calendar
Replies: 27
Views: 50967

Re: Post your trip! The Isle Royale Trip Calendar

Just posted my trip- the East Side Loop starting on June 13. I logged my third night incorrectly by accident... that should be Todd Harbor, not Little Todd. Excited to get back to the island!
by refuge
Mon May 12, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Re: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 20

Thanks for the quick feedback and the climate tracking resource! I'm excited to get back to the island, and I've never been there in the spring. I am hoping that mid June, while risky for insects, is going to provide great opportunities to spot spring wildflowers.
by refuge
Sun May 11, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?
Replies: 7
Views: 3485

Will the late ice melt affect bug emergence dates for 2014?

Hi there, I will be leaving for IRNP on June 13 for a week of backpacking on the eastern end. This will be my third trip to the island, but I haven't been there since 1999. Looking at trip reports from last year, it seemed as thought the black flies were just beginning to emerge in mid-June. Does an...