Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan
by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond (The Globe Pequot Press)
© Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, & Don Dimond/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
The island is beautiful and offers a little something for everyone. We chose to backpack around the main loop of the island working counter clockwise. However, it is possible to make camp and dayhike the island. Because of a very bad storm the ferry could not pick us up and we were on the island an extra day, which gave us a chance to explore more. The maintained trails are very easy to follow almost the the point of two-track roads. I suggest following some of the shore line and unmaintained trails, especially the one in the north east coner of the island. We saw the most wildlife this way, including swans and loons. Also pack an extra tub of food, you could stash it somewhere or possibly leave it at the ranger's station. This way you don't have to pack around extra food, but it is availible if the ferry is delayed. The ranger's also collect extra non-perishable foods for a supply for stranded hikers. The rangers are very nice and helpful. The map is not the best and unmaintained trails are not blazed, making them a bit difficult to follow. Beware of racoons and chimpmonks that love to get into hiker's food supplies. Also, fires are not allowed anywhere except the village campground.
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