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by Tom
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Campground site maps
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: Campground site maps

Here's a old thread that has a bunch.
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=940
by Tom
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: TR 8/22-8/28, 2018 [RH-MB-HL-IM-FL-WC-RH]

Feldtman #2. My favorite site on the island, and looks like a nice bull, too! I'm guessing the raspberries you ate very well may have been a variation from the same genus, commonly referred to as "thimbleberries." They are very prevalent on the island, making mid to late August a perfect time to vis...
by Tom
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall
Replies: 20
Views: 1380

Re: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall

Looks like the first two have been released: https://www.twincities.com/2018/09/27/w ... or-island/
by Tom
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Late September/early October highlights
Replies: 4
Views: 378

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: 1404

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: 1404

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: 523

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: 254

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: 584

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: 1089

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: 733

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: 730

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: 10
Views: 806

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: 1715

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: 1715

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...