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by bobcat
Fri May 26, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe/Kayak Storage
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: Canoe/Kayak Storage

Also regarding where to store your canoes when you are not using them, there is a public rack that holds 6 canoes, with room on the ground for two more below the rack. Additionally, there is a broad apron of gravelly ground surrounding Snug Harbor between the lodge and the Rock Harbor Ranger Station...
by bobcat
Wed May 10, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe/Kayak Storage
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: Canoe/Kayak Storage

One risk of renting......if it's windy the day you plan to get your canoes, they may refuse to rent to you. Anything that warrants a small craft advisory on Lake Superior automatically shuts down the rentals because of liability. I have seen a Boy Scout troop have to switch to backpacking (with cano...
by bobcat
Wed May 10, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Hammock friendly campsites
Replies: 24
Views: 4313

Re: Hammock friendly campsites

Last summer, there were a number of people using hammocks in the Rock Harbor area campgrounds, including an entire group of six who hammock-camped around a shelter, using the shelter as their living room. Watch out for hammocks on birch trees - birch trees, especially when old, are very brittle and ...
by bobcat
Thu May 04, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Campground in Grand Portage
Replies: 26
Views: 4353

Re: Campground in Grand Portage

Do you have passports? The actual closest reservable campground other than the Grand Portage one, is actually the Ontario Provincial Park campground just over the border along the north shore of the Pigeon River. But you do have to cross into and out of Canada to use this campground. I usually drive...
by bobcat
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Old Trails
Replies: 10
Views: 2775

Re: Old Trails

Up until the early 1990's, there was an "East" trail to Feldtman Lake that went further inland than the "west" current trail that follows closer to the shoreline between Fedtman Lake CG and Windigo. The trail was abandoned because it was too much maintenance over the swampy regions, but it is still ...
by bobcat
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: How to get to the island in October?
Replies: 7
Views: 3320

Re: How to get to the island in October?

I second the idea to try the Porkies, Sylvania, or Pictured Rocks. A little further trip would get them to Superior Hiking Trail, or canoe the Boundary Waters, or Voyageurs for late season wilderness with the possibility of getting iced in......and there is also Pukaska NP in Ontario for a serious r...
by bobcat
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Getting Stuck on the Island
Replies: 15
Views: 4468

Re: Getting Stuck on the Island

Several years ago, I was in Windigo after a backpacking trip, with an extra day, and I ended up sharing my shelter with a family that had come over for a day trip only, and then gotten mixed up, thought they were on the nature trail loop but were actually headed down the Minong Ridge trail, and miss...
by bobcat
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: I saw a Pine Marten (I think)
Replies: 6
Views: 1446

Re: I saw a Pine Marten (I think)

Interesting. The rangers at RH, when asked during an evening ranger show two weeks ago, told us that they do not have populations of pine martens or fishers on the island. They didn't say anything about the distinction between occasional reported sightings and a confirmed resident population. I also...
by bobcat
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Proposed user fee increase
Replies: 18
Views: 2908

Re: Proposed user fee increase

I want to add to the discussion, what has just been done at Voyageurs National Park in MN. It used to be free (what a bargain!). Campsites were first-come, first served and permits were free - used to track usage. Starting in the fall of 2014, Voyageurs now charges a camping fee per night, depending...
by bobcat
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rock Harbor - 3 Mile - Daisy - Lane Cove - Rock Harbor : August 2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2106

Re: Rock Harbor - 3 Mile - Daisy - Lane Cove - Rock Harbor : August 2016

I think part of the crowding is that I was limiting myself to Rock Harbor waters. Had I started at Malone Bay, or paddled the South Shore, I undoubtably would have been out of the crowds. Then again, some canoeists I met at Moskey Basin and then again at RH later told me that there were 11 people at...
by bobcat
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: experience with esbit stoves?
Replies: 8
Views: 1825

Re: experience with esbit stoves?

Esbit stoves work great if you don't mind the gunk on the bottom of your pot. Supposedly solid fuels are not allowed to be transported on airlines. Have you considered a pop-can stove using alcohol? You can buy the yellow bottles of STP at any gas station and they are the ethanol fuel for the stove,...
by bobcat
Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rock Harbor - 3 Mile - Daisy - Lane Cove - Rock Harbor : August 2016
Replies: 10
Views: 2106

Re: Rock Harbor - 3 Mile - Daisy - Lane Cove - Rock Harbor : August 2016

I just got back, spent 8 days on the island including the same times as the above poster and can agree - the Rock Harbor shoreline was very congested and full last week- both with hikers and with kayakers including me. The day I arrived at RH, the campground was full to overflowing with every site a...
by bobcat
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: 2017 Isle Royale Trip
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: 2017 Isle Royale Trip

Take your time, at Feldtman Lake be sure to spend the evening out at Rainbow Cove. Island Mine can be gorgeous in the fall - as can that whole western section of the Greenstone because the forest there is more maple, oak and birch than the rest of the island so you get falling leaves and blazing col...
by bobcat
Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Therm-a-Rest Mattresses
Replies: 14
Views: 2843

Re: Therm-a-Rest Mattresses

Exped Downmat7 has been well worth taking on many trips - despite its weight at over 2#, it is, as someone described above, thermonuclear warm. They also make a Downmat 9 which is their hardcore winter camping sleeping pad. If I use a different mattress, I often take a thin closed-cell foam to use u...
by bobcat
Mon Aug 15, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 8 day/7 night round trip of IR?
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

Re: 8 day/7 night round trip of IR?

" On day 6 we could end up at W. Chickenbone or if we feel adventurous we could go the extra 3 miles north still to McCargoe cove without affecting the rest of the itinerary " Tom does have a great plan there for you. But, if you have extra time, why backtrack trail you have already done? If you get...