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by backwoods doc
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Malone Bay 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Malone Bay 2020

There were two rangers assigned to Malone Bay for at least the past two summers (the only times we've been there). They have emergency medical training, and are involved in a steady stream of medical evacuations. Mostly broken ankles from slips on the trails, but last summer they provided treatment ...
by backwoods doc
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Private Boat/Chartering a boat
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: Private Boat/Chartering a boat

Might be worth checking with David Williams at Bear Track Outfitters in Grand Marais. I know he runs a charter boat service.
by backwoods doc
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Refunds
Replies: 4
Views: 486

Re: Refunds

Yes, my refund for Voyageur II was credited back to my credit card without my even requesting it.
by backwoods doc
Sun May 17, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Closed for 2020?
Replies: 8
Views: 1106

Re: Isle Royale Closed for 2020?

Rock Harbor Lodge and Windigo store/cabins still slated to open on June 26. https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/rock-harbor-lodge.htm The Ranger III is purportedly beginning service on June 30. https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/rangeriii-reservation-instructions.htm But new ferry reservation...
by backwoods doc
Sat May 02, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale National Park Closed for 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 2239

Re: Isle Royale National Park to Delay Park Opening for 2020 Season

Interestingly, they're saying that the Ranger III won't make its first run until June 30.

https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/ ... 19-faq.htm
by backwoods doc
Sat May 02, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale National Park Closed for 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 2239

Re: Isle Royale National Park to Delay Park Opening for 2020 Season

For those of us hoping that the park will open this summer, I found some encouragement in this general statement in the banner on the park website: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local publ...
by backwoods doc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Coronavirus Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 1865

Re: Coronavirus Discussion

Fingers crossed, restrictions will ease up in 8-12 weeks. We'll see.
by backwoods doc
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Coronavirus Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 1865

Re: Coronavirus Discussion

I think that being spread out over the least visited national park is an excellent social distancing strategy.
by backwoods doc
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys
Replies: 14
Views: 884

Re: Beginner trip for 12 and 9 year old boys

The best advice I ever saw about camping with kids was to start off easy and go slow. Otherwise you risk making the whole experience miserable, and they may end up rejecting the idea altogether. This is a long-term investment: my son first went car camping as a baby, overnight backpacking when he wa...
by backwoods doc
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Ryan Island and Moose Boulder
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: Ryan Island and Moose Boulder

I figured they rented a canoe in Rock Harbor when they took the water taxi down to Malone Bay, but couldn't figure out where they could find a ranger to "drive" them back to the lodge. Have some roads gone in lately?
by backwoods doc
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: New Stove
Replies: 12
Views: 1018

Re: New Stove

I've been using a Coleman Peak 1 backpacking stove for the past six years. No problems. Not bad for about $20.
by backwoods doc
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake
Replies: 18
Views: 2236

Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

If I remember correctly, the wood planks are about a foot off the ground.
by backwoods doc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Toilet Paper
Replies: 14
Views: 1636

Re: Toilet Paper

Only the campgrounds along the shore/with docks have outhouses that are stocked with TP (though they can run out).
by backwoods doc
Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake
Replies: 18
Views: 2236

Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

The portage from Chippewa Harbor to Whittlesey isn't fun, but at least it's pretty short. The trail is filled with boulders that you need to snake around, while climbing and descending two small ridges -- not too much fun with a canoe on your shoulders. The Whittlesey to Wood Lake trail is mostly fl...