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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.
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- Posts: 231
- Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:57 am
- Isle Royale Visits: 20
- Location: DeTour Village, mi
From Grand Portage
Plan on getting dropped of at Chippewa Harbor, eventually paddling over to Malone Bay. Once I complete that paddle, I will have circumnavigated the island and will have hiked every trail on the island, some more than once. It's only taken me 40 years!
- Posts: 196
- Joined: Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:06 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 3
- Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Who: torpified and her (fiercely attached to furniture, especially beds and toilets) husband
Where (now): Ann Arbor, MI
When: early June
How: the Ranger
Days 1 and 2: enjoy the furniture in RH, with breaks for dayhikes and canoes.
Day 3: Voyageur to Chippewa Harbor; walk to McCargo; hopefully nab a tastefully appointed shelter
Day 4: Walk back to RH
Day 5: Ranger back to Houghton
Notes: If you have tips on selling those fiercely attached to furniture to the less furnished stretches of IR, please share them! Also, it remains my aspiration to SEE AN OTTER!!
Hometown:Oak Park IL
Coming From/Via:Grand Portage
Will be using water taxi and Voyageur to base camp. Will be bringing out a lot of camera gear for Milky Way images among others. The second time at Daisy will be using off trail backcountry camp permit to stay up by fire tower to hopefully get some Milky Way,sunrise/sunset images from high on island. This will be first time bringing all my camera gear, Go Pro, waterproof Nikon and 2 Canon DSLR's, tripod etc. Too much weight to backpack. Have always brought disposable, point and shoot cameras. This time all the gear with a little luck it will be clear at least one night.
- Posts: 149
- Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:43 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 2
Hometown: Mid Lower Peninsula
Arrival Date: End of July
Departure Date: Early August
Coming From/Via:IR seaplanes (Hancock)
- Drop off via seaplane @ RH then hike to DF (7miles)
DF to MB (3.9)
MB to CH (6.2)
CH to WCB (7.9)
WCB to TH (9.3)
TH to LT (7.0)
LT to N. Lake Des (5.7)
NLD to WC -- (12.6)
WC -WC (zero day or day hike around HC loop)
Trip#2: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 9ZJVgtfgga
Husband_Wife_OutdoorLife on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/c/HusbandWifeOutdoorLife
- Posts: 178
- Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:10 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 12
- Location: Blanchardville Wi
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage
Voyager to Windigo
to Washington Creek
Pizza at Sven and oles
Notes/Other: Affirmative.. booked and ready to rock n roll with a minus 20 sleeping bag
I plan on taking the Isle Royale Queen IV out of Copper Harbor, arriving May 14th and departing May 18th (so ~4 days and 4 nights)
Day 1: RH to Moskey- 11 miles
Day 2: Moskey to Hatchet Lake- 13 miles
Day 3: Hatchet to McCargoe- 8 miles
Day 4: McCargoe to 3 Mile: 12.5 miles
Day 5: 3 Mile to RH, plus Scoville Point (barring time)- 3 miles + ~4 miles
Is this doable? I've done a bit of pre-packing and I'm planning for my pack to be about 35ish pounds. I know the weather will probably be rainy and it'll get cold at night. I have everything waterproof I need, and a sleeping bag rated to 0.0F. If these 10+ mile days seem like they are a big stretch because of trail conditions or pack weight, please let me know because I have made shorter itineraries as well. I just want to see as much of the island as I can.
Mod Note: Discussion of cadenparulski itinerary moved to the "Trails & Campsites" subforum.
Link ---> viewtopic.php?f=4&p=23727#p23724
- Posts: 132
- Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:11 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 2
- Location: Chicago
Arrival Date: 5/14
Departure Date: 5/25
Coming From/Via: Copper Harbor
14-May ROCK HARBOR DAISY FARM
15-May DAISY FARM MCCARGOE COVE
16-May MCCARGOE COVE TODD HARBOR
17-May TODD HARBOR LITTLE TODD
18-May LITTLE TODD NORTH DESOR
19-May NORTH DESOR WASHINGTON CREEK
20-May WASHINGTON CREEK SOUTH DESOR
21-May SOUTH DESOR HATCHET LAKE
22-May HATCHET LAKE WEST CHICKENBONE
23-May WEST CHICKENBONE MOSKEY BASIN
24-May MOSKEY BASIN THREE MILE
25-May THREE MILE ROCK HARBOR
Notes/Other: This will be my longest and earliest trip to the island. Usually I go for 5-8 days after Memorial Day, but this year I'm thinking about taking the first Queen over. I'm planning for cold temps, lots of rain, and dead-fall the whole way. I'm planning long days but I'm over 40lbs lighter than the same point last year and have daylight on my side. I usually wake up with the sun and am on trail by 7:30-8:00 AM, so on the longer days assuming 1-1.5 miles per (typical pace is 2-2.5 on previous trips) hour I'm still in camp before 7 PM.
- Posts: 253
- Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:57 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 0
- Location: Mankato, MN
Email: (at) email@example.com
Hometown: Mankato MN
Arrival Date: 5/5 (first boat!)
Departure Date: 5/10
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage/Voyageur dos
Itinerary: Get dropped off at McCargoe Cove and take a cabin. We will base camp here and run trails. Eventually we will transition to Chippewa Harbor where we will get picked up.
Notes/Other: It's a runcation. Cover as many miles as we can or desire while base camping at McCargoe Cove.
- Posts: 9
- Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:12 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 0
- Location: NW Lower MI
Hometown: Traverse City
Arrival Date: 06/07
Departure Date: 06/11
Coming From/Via: Hancock on the sea plane
(Arrival) Rock Harbor to Lane Cove
Lane Cove to McCargoe
McCargoe Cove to Moskey Basin
Moskey Basin to Three Mile
Three Mile to Rock Harbor, and then the Scoville Point trail (Depart)
Notes/Other: This is our first backpacking trip! We both love the UP (I went to MTU) and I am counting down the days until we can move back to Houghton!
San Marcos, TX
Our first time on the Island.
June 15-20 via the RangerIII
We plan on hiking a lot...Lane Cove, Moskey, Daisey Farm.
We've been looking at maps and Google.
- IR Pro
- Posts: 361
- Joined: Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:32 pm
- Isle Royale Visits: 23
- Location: Port Sanilac, Michigan
Hometown: Port Sanilac, Michigan
Arrival Date: 5/5 (First boat)
Departure Date: 5/13
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage / Voyageur
Rock Harbor (via Voyageur)
- Returning after not going to the island last year (first time I've not gone there since 2006).
- Goal of getting my Dad to Belle Isle and Crystal Cove, it has been on his bucket list. He is very into history and he will love it there.
- I want to get back to Pickerel Cove. One of my favorite places on the island to sit and take it all in.
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- Posts: 19
- Joined: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:26 am
- Isle Royale Visits: 1
- Location: Minneapolis
Arrival Date: Memorial Day
Departure Date: Early June
Coming From/Via: Grand Portage
Lake Desor South
First time to Isle Royale and first long hiking trip.
Hometown: Cedar Lake, IN
Arrival Date: June 5th
Departure Date: June 9th
Coming From: Houghton, Michigan
Lake Richie or Moskey Basin
First time on Isle Royale and hoping to make it a yearly visit. Coming with a friend and 13 year old son. My main goals are to get my son interested in backpacking and to get away from my phone.