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by Tom
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Venture crew group trip
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: Venture crew group trip

Welcome! The Greenstone Ridge is the dominate ridge trail on the island; it's also very common to be used by scout groups looking to get their 50-miler, as that can be accomplished with a little side trail action. It's also group friendly. (On Isle Royale, groups are 7-10 campers.) If you're looking...
by Tom
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Intermediate and Lake Richie Algae Bloom 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Intermediate and Lake Richie Algae Bloom 2020

The only surprise is that it took this long. It's been a dang warm year in the area (and sunny), and many of these lakes have witnessed blooms in the past, so I was waiting for when the report would come in. I had the opportunity to get in a little trip/fishing this past weekend (TR to come, eventua...
by Tom
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:11 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trip Report: Aug 6-13, 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Trip Report: Aug 6-13, 2020

Thanks for the TR. After a good number of years and trips, Feldtmann #2 remains my single favorite camp site on the Isle. I don't think it can get any better. That stretch from Siskiwit to Feldtmann seems to get thicker by the year; in many ways it's harder route finding than the Minong for a stretc...
by Tom
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 22
Views: 1145

Re: Isle Royale Webcams

It's also showing the lights of a boat or two over-nighting at the dock, I'm assuming due to the closure of the marina. Morning light shows the Ranger III sitting at the dock. Must be dropping off some supplies. RangerAtRockHarbor.PNG (the people who run the park? the people who run IRKPA?) If you'...
by Tom
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 22
Views: 1145

Re: Isle Royale Webcams

The Tobin Harbor camera must also be a PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) model, since either it got knocked by the wind, or I'm seeing more of Rock Harbor (and a little bit of Snug Harbor, by the looks of it) than before. Good times! Edit: And... it's moved back. Apparently the game is to see how often someone tw...
by Tom
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Park Closing again in August? Fact or Rumor?
Replies: 2
Views: 227

Re: Park Closing again in August? Fact or Rumor?

I have not heard of anything, but it does appear there is a change on August 11th of some sort. On both the fuel page (https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/boat-fuel.htm) and resort section of the general FAQ (https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/covid-19-general-park-faq.htm) they mention chang...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Pontoon boat
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Pontoon boat

It would be interesting, for sure. I think wind (and how pontoons just love to glide sideways) might be an issue if near the shore, of course, but being careful is what it's about. I've often thought some day about bringing out a Grumman square stern Sportboat/canoe to the Isle. Not entirely practic...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Re: 1936 Fire

Doh. Case of the Mondays. Just realized I said west of Siskiwit Camp, but it's west of Siskiwit Falls, which is of course the Malone Camp. The NatGeo map shows where they were - for instance, the "Falls" marker shown above appears on the topo map as "663 Delta/Triangle" - Marking the elevation and t...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 393

Re: 1936 Fire

A good ten plus years ago, "Bucket Bob" turned me on to the Isle Royale version of geocaching, going out and finding the various survey and triangulation markers used to map the island in the late 30s. When you find some of these, like the "Falls" point west of the Siskiwit camp, you realize the isl...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Pontoon boat
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Pontoon boat

I can't say I have, but most of the pontoons purchased in the upper midwest are not the coastal designs that have larger and thicker floats designed for larger waters. I do hope this is something you've been planning for a bit, and it's not the result of ferry services being suspended.
by Tom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 22
Views: 1145

Re: Isle Royale Webcams

When I was on Mott a couple years ago I went and found it and took a picture. She looked due for an update back then, too... Glad to know it's getting a refresh!
MottCamera.jpg
by Tom
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Isle Royale Webcams
Replies: 22
Views: 1145

Isle Royale Webcams

I know they added WIndigo a while back (last year?) but I hadn't checked Tobin lately. Looks like Midwest Ed may have gotten his wish to replace it or move it, because the current image seems much better and the camera also seems to be pointing in a different direction than I remember. Enjoy your fa...
by Tom
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Re: TR:6/28-7/5 2020 [Hiking] RH-DF-MC-MB-DF-TM-RH

WOOHOO! A Trip Report! Thank you for filling our need this year, no worries on the length. We could read these all day. I'm so glad your 'first' trip went so well, and the kids are already discussing the next one. That's the hallmark of a successful trip, but also perhaps why Isle Royale is the most...
by Tom
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Sea kayak
Replies: 18
Views: 964

Re: Sea kayak

I'll be blunt. I think your options are very limited if existent at all, short of the ferry services returning to some form of limited service. I even looked up if you could ship your kayak via USPS, but using some random dimensions it would appear too large. I can only think of two legitimate metho...
by Tom
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Siskiwit Bay may be noisy
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Siskiwit Bay may be noisy

Spyder1 wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:35 pm
I have planned 2 nights there in September long done by then?
As a consolation, depending on when in September, Island Mine could be S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R. Fall is the only time I like that camp, nestled among the maples.