I am looking for a little bit of advice on how to do a trip at Isle Royale. I already have a few things figured out, my group will be leaving from the Chicago-land area on Wednesday night and drive to Houghton. Thursday we will travel to Isle Royale. We plan on spending 5 days on the island, leaving on Monday and traveling home Monday night.
From what I have read on the forums here, seems like we need to really prepare for bugs. The mosquitoes and gnats are bad in July.
My big questions are, what do we HAVE to see while out there? We are an extremely capable group and can easily do 12-15 miles a day (save for the 1st day in which we will be getting on the island a bit later).
Is water pretty much always accessible? Places to swim each day once your roll into camp? I did read a lot about worm eggs and having to filter water. That really seems to be a minor problem, however, do gravity feed filters work just as well as mechanical ones (MSR Mini Works)?
Also, is it possible to hike from Rock Harbor to Windigo, catch the Ferry back to Rock Harbor in order to catch the ferry at Rock Harbor back to Houghton? Or are we kind of playing with fire in hoping that the ferry would get us to Rock Harbor in time?
We are really looking forward to this trip, and I am excited to hit up this part of the country. We have found that the UP has been a very pleasant surprise, and very much right in our backyard.
Thank you to everyone!!