Isle Royale National Park
A seaplane dropped us off in Windigo where I started a seven day packrafting trip across Isle Royale National Park in July 2017
The trail to Feldtmann Lake from Windigo
Setup for the week, I slept on the packraft with a tarp. Not bringing a bug net was an oversight. I started using logs and stones to seal the cracks after not getting any sleep the first night from the mosquitoes
Rainbow Cove beach
Feldtmann Lake Sunset
Calm water on Lake Superior at Rainbow Cove. I started a 20 mile paddle here to Siskiwit Bay
It was hard work from Rainbow Cove to Long Point, then I got the westerly wind that was predicted. I was lucky to have the perfect conditions here, I would not have attempted this open water section on a bad day
Shelter at Siskiwit Bay
There was hard rain for the next few days
Island Mine trail along the Siskiwit Bay
Steam engine used for mining back when copper was valuable
I camped at South Lake Desor and the cold rain continued as I crossed the lake to the northern campground in the morning. The campground is not marked from the water and was somewhat difficult to find since only someone with a packraft would ever take this route.
After camping at Todd Harbor in the rain, the weather was better the following day as I went along the Minong Ridge trail past Otter Lake (pictured above)
I took a break at McCargoe Cove to dry things out on the dock. My original plan was to paddle here towards Birch Island and across the Five Finger region to Duncan Bay, but I would not have a way to get warm if another storm were to come so I instead hiked down to Daisy Farm and explored Rock Harbor, Tobin Harbor, and Duncan Bay.
Hiking on the Three Mile Trail along Rock Harbor
Exploring Tobin Harbor
Lookout Louise with a view over Duncan Bay
Flight back home above the islands lining Rock Harbor
Attached are maps with my actual route (red) and ideal route (blue) if the weather and winds were perfect every day. Overall about 60 miles of hiking and 25 miles of paddling were covered over seven days. For a packraft, wind to your back is really required if going in open water for long distances. The best way to see this park is by water, even the elevated Greenstone Ridge trail is mostly a forest walk and has no views. You would be disappointed to visit this park and not have some type of watercraft to explore.
Resources: NatGeo Map