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by Capt Don
Sun May 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Pre-memorial day fuel availability - Windigo
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Pre-memorial day fuel availability - Windigo

We always have extra in our office in Grand Portage. Depending on how much you might need or type, we normally just give it away at no charge. Just let us know and we can coordinate it.
by Capt Don
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Schedule Help
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Schedule Help

I don't know if it is possible using the Ranger without hanging around and waiting for it to run again. It would be quicker to just turn around and hike back to Rock Harbor. Copper Harbor is a far better choice and if planned properly you overnight after arriving in Rock Harbor from Windigo and go b...
by Capt Don
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Should wolves be added to IR?
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Should wolves be added to IR?

I think we all know the answer to that, of course not, nor do I think there is a real possibility of a wolf attack. The relocation effort has expanded well beyond ethics at this point with private funding, tugging at the heartstrings to beg, yes beg, for money to save poor suffering starving wolves....
by Capt Don
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Canoecopia 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Canoecopia 2019

No, we stopped several years ago. It ran it's course as far as promoting awareness to newcomers. Our goal will continue to be met as long as the park is maintaining a presence at the show.
by Capt Don
Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Canoecopia 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Canoecopia 2019

John, is the park going to be represented the show this year?
by Capt Don
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Thunder Bay (YQT) as Entry Point
Replies: 7
Views: 618

Re: Thunder Bay (YQT) as Entry Point

We have quite a few people do this each year and it seems to be getting more popular. Rental cars have not been a problem in the past just make sure you tell them that you will be entering the US.I have brought rental cars from the US into Canada several times with no issues. Border crossing is stra...
by Capt Don
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 7
Views: 605

Re: Government Shutdown

I forget exactly how long it was but 6-7 years ago when the gov shut down at the end of September we were informed by the park that we needed to get everyone off of the island. We were not allowed to bring visitors either. This was of minimal impact since the Voyageur only had a handful of days left...
by Capt Don
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: GPIR Lines awarded ferry service contract
Replies: 5
Views: 691

GPIR Lines awarded ferry service contract

We are pleased to annouce that we have the honor of being awarded the ferry service contract from Grand Portage, MN. This is great news for us and we would like to thank everyone for your support over the 50+ years we have making the trips to the island. As many of our passengers know I spend a fair...
by Capt Don
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: 2018 wolf relocation is done.
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: 2018 wolf relocation is done.

I asked about the moose harvested for the wolves' "recovery meal". He said that 3 moose total were shot right in the Island. We both had a good time swapping stories. I also asked what the average visitation numbers are for the final few weeks or about a month after the ferries stop running. His an...
by Capt Don
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall
Replies: 20
Views: 2570

Re: Up to 6 wolves to be introduced this fall

I have watched from a perfect vantage point where most of the wolves left the mainland to be brought to the newest US zoo. It has been interesting to say the least. I wonder how many more moose have been or will need to be shot and left as food or will beaver and apples be the staple for now. I beli...
by Capt Don
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th
Replies: 25
Views: 4350

Re: May 5 Voyageur II Pushed to 12th

Yes, it has happened again. Winter has things locked up well into April and getting to the island on the first Sat of May is not looking good. We waited as long as we could to make the call but don't want to wait until the week before and spring the news. By letting everyone know now we hope they ca...
by Capt Don
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Boating Question (Bass Boating to the Island)
Replies: 20
Views: 6953

Re: Boating Question (Bass Boating to the Island)

Sorry, the Hat Point location is for ferry passenger parking only. There is no launching of boats, parking for boaters, camping or sleeping in vehicles allowed there. It is a ferry terminal only. The Grand Portage Marina and RV park is the only facility in the Grand Portage area that provides any of...
by Capt Don
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Transportation & Lodging
Topic: Getting Stuck on the Island
Replies: 15
Views: 5179

Re: Getting Stuck on the Island

The rangers at Windigo will always do whatever it takes to make sure everyone has accommodations of some sort. While we try to anticipate the weather, it sometimes changes earlier or later than forecasted. We knew that day was going to be "one of those days" and we knew we could get back or we never...
by Capt Don
Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Proposed user fee increase
Replies: 18
Views: 3647

Re: Proposed user fee increase

I have always feared the reservation system, one of the best parts of isle royale is the first come first serve availability system. It creates a sense of community in a way and allows people to double up and share space if needed, a somewhat unique part of the isle royale experience. Reservations w...
by Capt Don
Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: General Questions and Miscellaneous
Topic: Things that make you go, hmmm......
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Re: Things that make you go, hmmm......

While we have seen pretty much everything possible when it comes to visitors over the years, that particular woman was a first for us as well. One of the deckhands pointed her heels out to me as she exited the boat. Who knows, maybe they are a prototype from Keen's 2017 lineup.