2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

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2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Post by Tom » Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:04 am

Welcome to the 2019 Trip Log!

Once finalized as best as possible, post your itinerary, and then look around the list at who may else be enjoying a trip at the same time. It's a great opportunity to make new friends on the isle.

If you have questions or want feedback on your planned trip, consider posting your questions on the Trail and Campsites (viewforum.php?f=4) and Canoeing, Kayaking, & Fishing (viewforum.php?f=5) subforums.

We also have a visual calendar (calendar) to post the simple schedule, as well.

When you return, we hope you share your experience with a Trip Report!

Please copy below and post your plans in the following format:

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Re: 2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Post by Einsiedler » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:31 pm

Name: Einsiedler
Email: (at)
Hometown: Eagan, Minn.
Arrival Date: 8/10
Departure Date: 8/18
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage via Voyageur II

Itinerary: Rock Harbor-Daisy Farm-W.Chickenbone-Hatchet-Desor-Siskiwit-Feldtmann-Windigo

Notes/Other: Pretty straightforward trip down the Greenstone save for adding on the Feldtmann swing on the tail end. I think it's around 55-56 miles with shortest day being 7.1 miles and longest being 10.2, so it's pretty balanced and avoids the Island Mine site, which I won't complain about. Very experienced myself and will be with a first-time backpacker so I look forward to her overpacking no matter what I say :). Should be a fairly easy and enjoyable trip though, relative to the greater world of longer thru-hikes, at least. Did a three-day McCargoe-Todd-Hatchet-Malone trip in May 2017 as my friend was short on time and I really want to get the thru-hike checked off the list so it's a fairly obvious route that only overlaps with about four miles of what I've already done. Figure once I knock this off I'll start getting a bit more creative as, barring untimely death, I'll certainly be back. Booked the boat today so already pretty excited about things. Now if we can just be lucky enough to get a repeat of the explosive Northern Lights display we were privileged enough to see in 2017...

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Post by james1230 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:58 am

Name: James Stewart
Email: james1230@gmail.com
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Arrival Date: 06/18/19
Departure Date: 06/22/19
Coming From/Via: Copper Harbor/Isle Royale Queen IV
20 leaders and Boy Scouts taking their first trip to the Island as a group. Our troop plans one high adventure outing each year. In previous years we have hiked at the Philmont Scout Reservation, paddled through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and hiked segments on the Appalachian Trail.

We are drawn to the rugged mystique and remote nature of Isle Royale and we look forward to our adventure.
Crew 1
Rock Harbor -> Lane Cove
Lane Cove -> West Chickenbone Lake
West Chickenbone Lake -> Lake Desor South
Lake Desor South -> Washington Harbor
Washington Harbor/Windigo to Rock Harbor via Voyageur II -> Rock Harbor Camp
Rock Harbor to Copper Harbor via Isle Royale Queen IV

Crew 2
Rock Harbor -> Daisy Farm
Daisy Farm -> Todd Harbor
Todd Harbor -> Island Mine
Island Mine -> Washington Harbor
Washington Harbor/Windigo to Rock Harbor via Voyageur II -> Three Mile
Three Mile to Rock Harbor to Copper Harbor via Isle Royale Queen IV

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Re: 2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Post by sgatz » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:16 am

Island Mine -> Washington Harbor
Do you mean "Washington Creek"?

And how are 10 of you going to camp at Lane Cove? Did they add group camping sites there? Or did the park service make an exception?

Wow you must have some tough Scouts.... 15+ miles for some of the days.... :shock:

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Re: 2019 Trip Log - Add your planned itinerary here!

Post by chief54 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:28 am

Arrival 5/31 by Ranger

Depart 6/7 by sea plane

This is basically same trip I had planed last year but had to cancel at last moment to due rotator cuff surgery, bummer. I will be base camping at Daisy Farm, Moskey Basin, Windigo and 1 night in Rock midway and 1 night last night. I will be using Voyaguer and water taxis due to carrying 60lbs of camera gear. In all my trips I have always brought crappy little disposable and point and shoot cameras due to weight. I will be doing astrophotgraphy, panoramic, birds in flight, sunrise/sunset and video. So I will have two Canon DSLR's, GoPRo, waterproof Nikon and a infrared/motion sensing camera long with a number of lenses from 15mm up to the 600mm. Along with tripods and all the necessary gear to make this a photography centered trip. Really excited.
first visit at age 10 in 1965 numerous times since then, 30+ times

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Post by Wildcat » Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:02 pm

Name: Keith Gabbard (Wildcat)
Email: kgabbard001@woh.rr.com
Hometown: Waynesville, Ohio
Arrive: 6/08
Depart: 6/16
Coming from: Grand Portage/ VoyagerII

Itinerary: Windigo-Feldtmann-Siskiwit-S Desor-Hatchet-W Chickenbone-Daisy Farm-Rock Harbor

There will be 4 in our group, myself, my son, my grandson and my nephew, ranging in age from 17-70. we discussed doing a shorter trip, but in the end, the consensus was to do the entire island since this will probably be my one shot to do this. Want to take lots of pictures and definitely want to do some fishing as time allows. Would appreciate any feedback and tips, warnings, etc. y'all can give.

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Post by Nick » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:54 pm

Name: Nick Meier
Email: detourlawyer at gmail.com
Hometown: DeTour Village, MI
Arrive: 5/11
Depart: 5/27
Coming from: Grand Portage

Itinerary: Going to the Island on the 11th. Coming back on the 27th. Totally dependent on the weather. Might explore Five Fingers. Might explore Tobin Harbor. Of course, Chippewa Harbor is nice as is Malone Bay. Absolutely nothing to accomplish this trip: circumnavigation completed last year and all trails on the Island hiked since first trip in 1976. In 1980, I found the following written in a shelter at Daisy Farm: "17 miles in 14 days; casual camping strikes again." That has now become my mantra for this trip. Look for me. I'll be paddling the red Current Designs Isle.

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