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We're avid fishers and comfortable in understanding of the gear and regulations.
He is in good shape athletically, but not strong enough for portaging so we're planning to hike and fish from shore unless there is way to break it up and rent a canoe along the way as part of the journey.
Can anyone offer advice to make the most of 7-8 day trip with fishing and exploring being the focus?
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You do need to be careful on Rock Harbor, it's a large body of water, and it does get rough, but less likely that time of year. Make sure you have a weather radio and pay attention to the next day's forecast. We almost got stuck on Tookers Island once (but in Sept). So things to do/see:
Rock Harbor CG (1st or last day): Hike to Scoville Pt, 4 mi round trip, beautiful. Also ranger talks in the evenings.
Three Mile: Hike up Mt Franklin, 5 mi round trip, views of the north side and Canada.
Daisy Farm: Hike up to Mt Ojibway, 5 mi loop, similar but different views than Mt Franklin. The wolf researchers often give a talk on Weds.
Caribou Island: Beautiful. No hiking but great little beach on the lake side. Next to Cemetery Island.
From either Caribou or Daisy you can visit the Rock Harbor Lighthouse, Edison Fishery, and the wolf researchers cabin with lots of moose antlers and bones. All very interesting. Note that crossing Middle Island Passage from Caribou to the Lighthouse you need to be careful of rough water.
Moskey Basin: Everyone's favorite. Spend a couple nights and do the 2 mi hike/portage into Lake Richie for some day fishing, known for it's northern (even I have caught there).
There are also trails on Mott Island where the Park HQ is, but I haven't hiked them. Isn't exactly the wilderness experience, at least around the dock area, but I assume the trails get away from there.
Hope that gives you some ideas.
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