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by Bobcat1
Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Water filter
Replies: 18
Views: 2287

Re: Water filter

I do as described above, but additionally dry my filter open, but in the refrigerator to discourage mold while it’s drying. Once it’s fully dry, thenI store it with the rest of the kit.
by Bobcat1
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: 2021 trail closures?
Replies: 1
Views: 95

2021 trail closures?

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.
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Father & Son Newbies
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: Father & Son Newbies

Lake Ritchie is nice enough (unless there’s an algae bloom), but Moskey Basin is spectacular. Consider stopping at Moskey. Or at least check if there’s an available shelter then decide! Great choice of route. On your way back to Rock Harbor, consider climbing back up the hill after staying overnight...
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Gear & Supplies for August 2021 Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Gear & Supplies for August 2021 Trip

One thing people are surprised by at Isle Royale: It can be both extremely hot and pretty darn cold on the same day. The ridges, where you will be hiking all day, get very hot in summer weather. Be sure to have enough water carrier volume to carry enough water to keep yourself well hydrated on a roc...
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Father & Son Newbies
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: Father & Son Newbies

Also note, there are multiple things you can do from Rock Harbor area, and with the Queen you depart in the afternoon, so you have another almost-full day. As Torpified mentioned, use the half-day canoe rental to explore Tobin Harbor and maybe hike to Lookout Louise and explore Hidden Lake. There's ...
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Do weather band radios work?
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Do weather band radios work?

Yes. I carry a small NOAA weather radio when I go to Isle Royale. You get either US or Canadian weather forecasts depending on where you are on the Island, for the western Lake Superior region. I recall Rock Harbor as being particularly bad for reception. I would also check the websites before your ...
by Bobcat1
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Cost Effective Transportation?
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: Cost Effective Transportation?

Cheapest trip I know of for three nights, is to take either the Voyager or the Sea Hunter from Grand Portage Minnesota out to Windigo. Camp for up to three nights at the Washington Creek campground, and likely get a shelter to make a home base for your family. Washington Creek has a 3-night limit, w...
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?

Actually, truth is, this kinda profiteering sort of rubs me the wrong way. Especially if someone asks him a question, he comes to the forums with the question, gets lots of good answers, then sells that information to the original asker who is his client. We had a guy doing this on another backpacki...
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Inland fishing on Isle royale
Replies: 7
Views: 155

Re: Inland fishing on Isle royale

Jonhens is the guy to talk to about fishing!
by Bobcat1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Re: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?

Yeah, I was wondering if this was someone who is active on the forums? The gist appears to be they will teach (via canned modules) and help with trip planning, for a fee. I have often wondered what our collective knowledge is worth, and our years of experience, freely shared with anyone who asks.
by Bobcat1
Sun Feb 14, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?
Replies: 11
Views: 327

Wise Old Man of Isle Royale?

Is this someone we know? He’s setting up a pay-to-play website for advice and training modules on Isle Royale.
by Bobcat1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Ranger
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Ranger

I like that merganser photo!
by Bobcat1
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Canoe route suggestions/general questions
Replies: 12
Views: 289

Re: Canoe route suggestions/general questions

On the “big portage” if you choose to do it, get everything to the top, then take a hike on the Greenstone Ridge to get a taste of that and some views of the region you have been paddling.
by Bobcat1
Tue Feb 09, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Sea kayak Trip to IR this Summer
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Sea kayak Trip to IR this Summer

With that many kayaks, I don’t think the Voyager ferry is an option. Be sure and call them to discuss and pin your dates! But, if you are going to start and finish at Rock Harbor, then the Ranger should be able to carry all your kayaks. Again, get your reservations in ASAP! I am far from an expert, ...
by Bobcat1
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Merganser
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: Merganser

Nice! The very first time I came to Isle Royale, I was on the VoyagerII ferry and we started seeing the birds as we entered North Gap and Washington Harbor, and I learned Cormorants and Merganzers for the first time! Now I associate them with Isle Royale much more than any other place, even though I...