JuliAnne and I are tentatively planning a trip to Isle Royale National Park over Labor Day weekend September 4-8. At this point we would like to see how much interest there might be in this trip. We would leave from the Twin Cities on Friday morning and travel to Grand Portage, MN where we would camp the first night. We then board the Voyageur II ferry boat on Saturday morning for a very scenic crossing to the
island. We return from the island on Tuesday and will be back in the cities around 9:00pm. The cost of the ferry boat and park user fees is $160.00 per person and there will be some other shared costs. Final cost will be dependent on number of people. The trails are similar to the Superior Hiking Trail and are not too difficult.
Day 1-Friday-travel (carpool) to Grand Portage, 5-6 hrs, camp 1st night at Grand Portage campground
Day 2-Saturday-board Voyageur II ferry boat at 7:00am, arrive Windigo 10:00am. Depart Windigo 10:30am arrive Rock Harbor 3:00pm. Hike (2.7 miles) to 3 Mile campground-camp 2nd night
Day 3-Sunday-hike to Moskey Basin (8.3miles) camp 3rd night
Day 4-Monday-hike to Chippewa Harbor (6.2 miles) camp 4th night
Day 5-Tuesday-depart Chippewa Harbor (via boat) arrive Grand Portage 3:00pm. Return to Twin Cities
Right now we���re just trying to get a feel for how many people would be interested. Because of the park���s group size restrictions there will be a limit of 6 people. If more are interested we can form 2 groups. If interested in the trip or have questions please reply to this email. If there is adequate interest we will set up a planning meeting in the future.
Isle Royale is a very unique wilderness experience. There are no roads only trails. It is the least visited National Park but has the longest average visitor length of stay. The ferry boat trip, which takes us around the island, is amazing! The island has moose and wolves (no bears) and is the home of the longest running wildlife study in history. There are also 3 sided/screened Adirondack style shelters that we may be able to use. Isle Royale is considered one of the premier backpacking locations in the country and is an unforgettable experience.
I have done 8 trips to Isle Royale and I should be able to answer most of your questions.
Bill http://www.nps.gov/isro/ http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/default.asp
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