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by Tom
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Windigo side new gift shop/restaurant
Replies: 9
Views: 859

Re: Windigo side new gift shop/restaurant

I don't think it will have a restaurant, per se; probably just food options like the previous store did. I doubt it will be like RH in that capacity, perhaps due to staffing. When I was there this August it looked to be getting close to completion; it's much larger than the previous little shop on t...
by Tom
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Moskey Basin listed as Top 10 NPS Campsite
Replies: 0
Views: 564

Moskey Basin listed as Top 10 NPS Campsite

The Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Backpacker Magazine has a feature on the top 10 National Park Campsites. Moskey Basin made the cut... and for good reason. There goes our secret!
by Tom
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 2021 Trip Log - Post your planned itinerary here!
Replies: 18
Views: 2213

2021 Trip Log - Post your planned itinerary here!

Welcome to the 2021 Trip Log! After 2020 presented us with a wacky year for getting out to Isle Royale, let's hope everyone who wants to visit in 2021 has the opportunity to do so! Once finalized as best as possible, post your itinerary, and then look around the list at who may else be enjoying a tr...
by Tom
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Venture crew group trip
Replies: 20
Views: 2161

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: 979

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: 1449

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: 2766

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: 2766

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: 521

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: 1302

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: 939

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...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: History
Topic: 1936 Fire
Replies: 6
Views: 939

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,...
by Tom
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Pontoon boat
Replies: 8
Views: 1302

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: 2766

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: 2766

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...