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by Tom
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Late September/early October highlights
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Late September/early October highlights

Well, the latest I've hit the island was third week of September, and that trip was filled with over 3 inches of rain and gale winds... That said, mid-Sept and onward is the time I think of Sugar Mountain as no longer a walk in the woods, and Island Mine is downright spectacular. While there are tim...
by Tom
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake

I know the Science Museum of Minnesota is studying it; I haven't been able to find any updates/reports/field notes for it, though. Nature, as always, proves fascinating.
https://www.smm.org/scwrs/fieldnotes/re ... ow-why-yet
by Tom
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Algae bloom alert in effect for all of Chickenbone Lake

Ritchie bloomed last year about this time. Between Ritchie and Chickenbone, those seem to consistently be the two biggest lakes at risk. I don't recall ever hearing one at Desor or Hatchet. If Siskiwit ever bloomed, I'd be shocked.
by Tom
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/12 - 8/18 2018 - McCargoe Cove - Todd Harbor - Hatchet Lake - Ishpeming Tower - Malone Bay.
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: TR 8/12 - 8/18 2018 - McCargoe Cove - Todd Harbor - Hatchet Lake - Ishpeming Tower - Malone Bay.

Sounds like a great trip! Bummer the elusive falls at Todd remain, well, elusive. I also had my first-but not last stop at Voyageur Brewing this summer. It's a great addition to Marais. I'm sure I'll be going back. Maybe I’ll take up canoeing. If you haven't paddled IR, you must. Not unlike where yo...
by Tom
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Tobin Harbor Trail > Tobin Creek
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Tobin Harbor Trail > Tobin Creek

No, unfortunately there is not. There is a bridge that crosses the creek (Mt. Franklin Trail, heading toward Mt. Franklin) but there is no designated trail that parallels the creek. Tobin Creek is similar to many other IR creeks, in that the shorelines tend to be marshy and boggy, and therefore no g...
by Tom
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Todd Harbor questions
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Todd Harbor questions

1.) As Ingo notes, go West, young man. Unless it's changed, the campsite map should show Haytown mine, and there is a spur trail, maybe .2mi, that goes that way. Then go past the mine. The trail isn't maintained, and might get sketchy, but if the water is flowing you'll probably hear it soon enough....
by Tom
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: First trip coming up this month.. need advice!
Replies: 18
Views: 645

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

Safer? In general, I'd say no. Easier? Yes, if the weather is solid. Tookers (and Rock Harbor in general) is more exposed and can find you laid up on shore. Both from general size of the body of water, as well as there are some unprotected areas where rollers from the South can rock in. Tobin and Du...
by Tom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: The must-see things?
Replies: 6
Views: 537

Re: The must-see things?

In general, if you're covering the island, the trails will bring you past some great views and a variety of terrain and geology. In addition to what the others have said, plan to spend some time at the Ojibway and Feldtman fire towers. Both worth the stop. (The Ishpeming tower is worthy of having lu...
by Tom
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Weather forecast

Agreed, the National Weather Service office out of Marquette produces the "Isle Royale Recreational Forecast" twice a day for most of the hiking season. It's the same one that is hung up at the Ranger Stations on each side of the island. By far the most 'accurate' since it's a specific, human review...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 7/14-7/19 2018 – Canoe paddle of the NE corner
Replies: 7
Views: 555

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

This trip started as a redemption tour of a 2016 paddle we had on the Isle. In that trip, we enjoyed some amazing time on the North side of the NE corner, enjoying Belle Isle and the Five Fingers, and the various bays. Our second half of the trip, which was to be three days on Rock Harbor (the body ...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

I hear ya. I switched it up to the Clif Builder's Protein for this trip, in chocolate, which is almost like candy. You'll want two for the hike between Desor North and Washington Creek. :P It is always funny how trail diet (and what appeals) shifts while hiking and camping.... I also rarely tend to ...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Food & Cooking
Topic: 10 days / 9 night food plan
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: 10 days / 9 night food plan

...I've never been able to justify the weight of candy. :lol: Love the rest of it, though. Do you ever carry energy/clif/protein bars in case you bonk on the trail? Don't forget that at that time on the Isle, you should be able to supplement with some berries. Blueberries will still be harvesting; y...
by Tom
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Campsites Space
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: Campsites Space

It sort of depends on the size of the tents, but even if they are traditional lightweight 2-man tents, most of the campsites can support two solid tent pads, the third can be iffy if existent at all. (BTW, while I know East Chickenbone is closer for your route, West is worth the extra miles. Way bet...
by Tom
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: TR:6/16-6/23 2018 [Windigo-Isle mine-Todd Harb-Mcargo-Threemile-Rock Harbor]

Excellent TR. Glad to got to have a close up moose encounter on your first trip. I can't think of another National Park that makes that opportunity so available. (And in June, they are generally docile and just interested in eating. I've had them walk right past, browsing along the way, not caring a...
by Tom
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 28
Views: 5473

Re: 2018 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Name: Tom Hometown: Near Stillwater, MN Arrival Date: 14 Jul 2018 Departure Date: 19 Jul 2018 Coming From/Via: Grand Portage Itinerary: It's a paddle of the NE corner, hoping to hit a few sites we were blown out of a couple years ago. Weather will dictate where we take the canoe, but may include Bel...