Paddling around Grand Island,MI help?
Posted by: old_user on Jun-28-11 10:35 PM (EST)
Planning a trip around the island. I am an experienced kayaker looking for any kind of input about this trip. Anyone out there that has done this please relay any helpful info. Good camping spots...how was your trip... did you paddle over to pictured rocks... any comments are welcome. Thanks for your help!!
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Posted by: bryanhansel on Jun-29-11 10:15 AM (EST)
I paddled through the area and stopped on a southern point of the island for lunch. I paddled along Pictured Rocks to Sand Point and crossed to an old wooden lighthouse on the eastern side of Grand Island. The light is worth seeing. There are designated campsites on the island, so you should get a hold of the information center in Munising for permits and more info. For what I could see the island looks like it has lots of cliffs and sandstone features to checkout. I highly recommend Pictured Rocks, it was one of the many highlights on a 45-day, 800-mile trip that I just finished.
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Posted by: old_user on Jun-29-11 10:38 PM (EST)
Thanks. really appreciate your input! Will call munising visitor center tomorrow.
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Posted by: ByronWalter on Jun-30-11 2:14 PM (EST)
..plan on skipping the weekends as the sites may all be in use. OTOH during the week and on Sunday evening, you might have things pretty much to yer self.
Posted by: Jeffrey_Lee on Jun-30-11 11:29 PM (EST)
In addition to the previously mentioned Murray Bay, there are also several good campsites on the water in Trout Bay, on the north side of the island's 'thumb'. These sites provide bear boxes for food. DO use them--on our last visit to Grand Island, we saw the fresh tracks of a 250-lb. bruin.
Posted by: ByronWalter on Jul-01-11 10:03 AM (EST)
...is great. It's big and the camp sites are nicely spread out. I had a brand new tent and left it for a 45 minute daytime stroll. Came back and found that a bear had given it a new side vent... just enough for a "scratch & sniff". Now if there had been a single crumb inside the tent I probably couldn't have patched it with some tape:)
Posted by: EMANOH on Jul-04-11 3:31 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jul-05-11 10:25 PM (EST)
Thanks so much for the helpful info! Trip begins thursday morn. Cant wait!! thanks again. PS, did you guys wear a wetsuit?
Posted by: EMANOH on Jul-05-11 11:32 PM (EST)
Our trip was later in August, at the peak of the water temps. We all had wetsuits and dry gear and used it on one overcast and crappy day 15 mile paddle with 4-6 ft seas and beaming wind.
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Posted by: ByronWalter on Jul-08-11 9:40 AM (EST)
...wet suit, which I never wore as it was warmer than average that year. And now I hate my wet suit and when I return to Superior in a few weeks, I'll be using a dry suit... so much better.
Posted by: steve on Jul-11-11 1:59 PM (EST)
Lake Superior is always cold, and the temperature can (and does) change rather quickly. Surface temps are one thing, and good point that slightly below the surface the water can be much colder. I usually paddle that lake in a dry suit, so yes - wet suit, at least.