Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

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Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by kolo » Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:48 pm

I am planning my next trip (June 2020) to the Isle and have a couple of questions for you veteran paddlers. My plan is to canoe from Chippewa Harbor to Malone Bay, via Lake Whittlesey, Wood Lake, and then Siskiwit Lake.

I understand that there is a boardwalk between Lake Whittlesey and Wood Lake through a swampy area. (1.) Is the boardwalk single plank or double plank wide? and (2.) Is the boardwalk low to the ground or elevated?

I ask because it will be a solo canoe trip and my balance is not very good anymore due to MS (Multiple Sclerosis). My backpacking trip this past summer was challenging for me as I traversed a lot of elevated, single plank boardwalk around East Chickenbone Lake.

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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by Ingo » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:08 pm

I don't remember a boardwalk on that portage--have done it a couple times, but it's been a few years. If it's there it didn't leave an impression on me, so I presume it's not too long or high--I just hate them with a canoe on my shoulders. There's a climb out of Whittlesey, but otherwise I remember it as one of the easier portages.
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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by kolo » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:30 am

Thank you Ingo for your response to my questions! I read about the portage in Jim Dufresne's guide book. I don't like portaging a canoe over boardwalks either but I can manage them if they are low to the ground.

I don't know how gymnasts can do what they do on the balance beam, only four inches wide. Just amazing!

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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by Ingo » Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:59 am

kolo wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:30 am
I read about the portage in Jim Dufresne's guide book.
You got me curious, I'll have to dig out his book now.
kolo wrote:
Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:30 am
I don't know how gymnasts can do what they do on the balance beam, only four inches wide. Just amazing!
Yeah, I'm with you!
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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by Vandy » Thu Sep 19, 2019 9:54 am

Practice on 2x4's at home = ISRO boardwalks a piece of cake. 8)


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by dougroat » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:08 pm

I admire your courage taking on this trip with MS.

I have made this trip 2X & the energy requirement for dealing with a canoe-yourself-gear-pack can be challenging.

Seriously, I would look for a partner.

Further, recommend you carry a marine radio, whistles, & flares.

You would be found eventually; but the speed of your capture will most likely not be a safe or relaxing one.

The people who get themselves in a bind on I Royale & L Superior are usually those who do not realize how suddenly dangerous it can be nor how remote from rescue one is.




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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by kolo » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:37 pm

I admire your courage taking on this trip with MS.
Thank you!

Seriously, I would look for a partner.

Further, recommend you carry a marine radio, whistles, & flares.

You would be found eventually; but the speed of your capture will most likely not be a safe or relaxing one.

The people who get themselves in a bind on I Royale & L Superior are usually those who do not realize how suddenly dangerous it can be nor how remote from rescue one is.
I do appreciate your concern! This will be my 12th trip to the Isle. Having backpacked every mile on the island and taking two canoe trips half way around the island (with appropriate portages), I have a pretty good idea of what is required. Most of the backpacking was done before I was diagnosed with MS. Before having MS I was also a long distance runner, which enabled me to backpack long distances and also hike/climb mountains, mostly in Colorado. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to run and I really miss it. The last two backpacking trips have not gone well.

The first canoe trip was done before MS and I went from McCargoe Cove to Daisy Farm, via the portage from Duncan Bay to Tobin Harbor. The second canoe trip was done after being diagnosed with MS. That trip went from Rock Harbor to Malone Bay, via the long portage from Moskey Basin to Lake Richie. I won't be doing that again!

I am going solo because I am a teacher with summers off. None of my friends can get the necessary time off and/or have an interest in going to Isle Royale. I bought a marine radio for my first canoe trip and it proved useless. I spent over $100 on the radio and it is collecting dust in my closet.


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by johnhens » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:06 am

Why do you consider the marine radio useless?


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by kolo » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:44 pm

Why do you consider the marine radio useless?
Because the only weather reports I could hear were in French and I don't know how to speak French.


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by dougroat » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:08 pm

First of all, I do not want to sound like a “know it all “.

There are radio bands that:

•. Broadcast in English

•. Broadcast in French, different band

•. Broadcast first in one language, switching next to the other. FRENCH/ENGLISH, & etc.

I was holed up on Wood Lake for days in a wind storm; my Garmin receiver always picked up both languages. Multiple bands.

Don’t give up on your radio.

Maybe try, in person, trading techniques with another boatman & radio.

May be a deficiency in your radio.

They are VERY worth having & using.


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by johnhens » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:23 pm

kolo wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:44 pm
Why do you consider the marine radio useless?
Because the only weather reports I could hear were in French and I don't know how to speak French.
I assume you tried other waether channel? I could see not getting weather channels inland. I use a Standard Horizon 370 (I think) and can usually get either MN or MI NWS or the Thunder Bay station (metric though) on Superior . Often I have to move around to get a station.


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Re: Portage from Lake Whittlesey to Wood Lake

Post by kolo » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:41 pm

May be a deficiency in your radio.
It is quite possible that the radio user was deficient!

I assume you tried other waether channel? I could see not getting weather channels inland. I use a Standard Horizon 370 (I think) and can usually get either MN or MI NWS or the Thunder Bay station (metric though) on Superior . Often I have to move around to get a station.
It is been some time but I am pretty sure that I tried several channels. I can't remember where I all tried it, but it is possible that I was too far inland. I think a bought a brand/model that was recommended on this forum, maybe even the Horizon.

Anyway, thank you all for your input and experience!

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