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VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 08:51PM
Well, I don't have all of the info in a report yet but..

We did see a lot of fire damage. We were also surprised at some of the areas on Hudson and the south third of Insula that did not have fire damage. We also saw more open campsites on the south end of Insula than we thought we'd find.

The 95 rod portage into Insula has lots of burned around it which is sad. However, the rapids along the portage were easy to see & the water was roaring big time.

The campsite on the island on Hudson is fine as is the campsite almost directly across from it.

I'll have some shots of my map that I marked a bit later.

Deb Hanson brought her almost one year old chocolate lab, Maggie, with us. She didn't take very long to "get" how to sit still in the canoe & was a blast to have with. Very mellow and well behaved. Somewhere I have a picture of her in the canoe, with a Frog Toggs poncho on to keep her dry & warmer, and she looks adorable. She also loved it, I know, because she didn't try to get it off, not even the hood part Deb had over her head!

Insula portage film
 
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05/07/2012 09:03PM
thanks for that portage film... wow...
05/07/2012 09:07PM
Thanks for the information and videos! I hope you had an enjoyable trip.
VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 09:08PM
VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 09:11PM
quote Zulu: "Thanks for the information and videos! I hope you had an enjoyable trip. "

We really did. I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked, and the video I took was not very good quality, but...

We had a lot better weather that was predicted, in fact Saturday afternoon we had open skies and plenty of sun.

Saturday night was supposed to be rainy & maybe a few storms, but no rain at all. A little mist/sprinkles on Sunday around 9 am but then it stopped.

And the wind that was supposed to turn around and come from the northwest, stayed where it had been coming from (the southeast) and it was at our back almost the whole way back to the Lake One landing.
05/07/2012 09:22PM
quote VoyageurNorth: " "
That is a great photo! I would print it out and have it in the shop.
RainGearRight
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05/07/2012 09:43PM
Glad to hear it was not a total loss. Thanks for the report.
schweady
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05/07/2012 09:53PM
Thanks for taking the time to share some video.
VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 09:54PM
quote Zulu: "quote VoyageurNorth: " "
That is a great photo! I would print it out and have it in the shop."


Thanks, good idea! I was the one who brought the poncho as an extra "just in case" item. When I saw how much she liked it, I gave it to her as her first birthday present!
VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 09:55PM
Map and campsites near portage back to Hudson

Note that I have an "x" over campsites which are closed and a double circle around sites that are open.
BWPaddler
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05/07/2012 10:26PM
quote mocha: "thanks for that portage film... wow..."
Link didn't work for me? 14 videos including a cute one of Uffda Minnesota... but no portage.

Perfect fit on the pooch! Glad for the detailed info and good news about campsites and less burned area!

Thanks Lynn.
Weezer
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05/07/2012 10:37PM
The link didn't work for me either. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
VoyageurNorth
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05/07/2012 10:43PM
I think I had moved the video in my Photobucket folder. I'll enter a new one for you. 95 rod portage by Insula
Weezer
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05/07/2012 10:48PM
quote VoyageurNorth: "I think I had moved the video in my Photobucket folder. I'll enter a new one for you. 95 rod portage by Insula "


Thanks! That one worked!
Savage Voyageur
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05/07/2012 11:19PM
Thanks for the info. Have to watch thr video later.
05/07/2012 11:40PM
Thanks for that look into the fire zone VN.
05/08/2012 07:20AM
Thanks for the report and videos. It will be interesting to watch the regeneration over the years.
alpine525
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05/08/2012 09:12AM
Thanks for posting the link to the videos - I've been waiting to see the impact of the fire. The shots of Maggie in the canoe are so cute!
05/08/2012 09:30AM
Thanks for the update, see you on Friday.
05/08/2012 10:54AM
quote VoyageurNorth: "quote Zulu: "quote VoyageurNorth: " "
That is a great photo! I would print it out and have it in the shop."



Thanks, good idea! I was the one who brought the poncho as an extra "just in case" item. When I saw how much she liked it, I gave it to her as her first birthday present!"




Signs of a good outfitter!
VoyageurNorth
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05/08/2012 11:29PM
quote nctry: "quote VoyageurNorth: "quote Zulu: "quote VoyageurNorth: " "
That is a great photo! I would print it out and have it in the shop."




Thanks, good idea! I was the one who brought the poncho as an extra "just in case" item. When I saw how much she liked it, I gave it to her as her first birthday present!"




Signs of a good outfitter!"


Gee, thanks! :-)
jimmy102
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05/09/2012 09:14AM
Thanks for the report! Was the last campsite on Hudson open? The one right before the portage into Insula?
mooseplums
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05/09/2012 10:01AM
thanks for the info and videos. Insula has always been a great area. The area is where I spent some of my first nights in canoe country, and inspired me to go canoe tripping for the last 27 years.
OBX2Kayak
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05/09/2012 01:37PM
Thanks for the update. Good stuff.
schweady
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05/09/2012 02:58PM
quote jimmy102: "Thanks for the report! Was the last campsite on Hudson open? The one right before the portage into Insula?"
jimmy: It is, according to this FS map, updated May 2nd.
VoyageurNorth
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05/09/2012 03:46PM
quote schweady: "quote jimmy102: "Thanks for the report! Was the last campsite on Hudson open? The one right before the portage into Insula?"
jimmy: It is, according to this FS map, updated May 2nd.
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The campsite on the right shoreline (before the portage into Insula) is still open but the one just north of the beginning of the portage is closed.
jimmy102
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05/09/2012 03:57PM
This is the campsite I'm curious about. According to the map it's open?
VoyageurNorth
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05/09/2012 04:02PM
I finally got the FS map to open and I see campsites that show open that we saw a "closed" sign at and most were charred.

That is one that we saw was closed. A few others are different than we saw, so I'm confused.

I'll have to contact the FS and see what is up.

jimmy102
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05/09/2012 04:07PM
Thanks, Just curious, heading that way tomorrow and always liked to stop there.
VoyageurNorth
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05/09/2012 04:08PM
Just talked to someone at the FS & the fire/campsite crew isn't around for the rest of the day.

She will get back to me/VNO, tomorrow morning. She also said that they have work crews out there right now, so not sure what that will change in the near future.

We saw 3 campsites near Hudson that were closed that the map shows as open.

Will post any more info as I get it.

05/10/2012 07:56AM
Thank you for the updated information. Heading that way at least twice this summer and really appreciate the information. See you tonight:)
schweady
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05/10/2012 11:16AM
quote VoyageurNorth: "...We saw 3 campsites near Hudson that were closed that the map shows as open.

Will post any more info as I get it.
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Thanks. Nothing like a first-hand account.

I know that federal funds and time are limited, but the posted FS maps hold such incredible potential. I need to resign myself to the fact that they will probably always be woefully behind real-time conditions. (Updates they posted so far: Feb 17 and May 2.) I appreciate what they are trying to communicate, but just wish it could be a bit more up-to-date.

Maybe, if making the maps is time-intensive and slowing the process, they could just post lists of the closed campsites and portages by their unique FS numbers. ??
PINETREE
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05/10/2012 04:57PM
Thanks for the info,now with the recent rain maybe a little grass will grow and we will start the new beginning.
05/13/2012 09:52AM
Heading off to the west out of Lake One, there were still signs up that indicated that the portage was closed. You had to walk to the other side (the west side, we were coming from the east) to see that the signs were posted in September. I felt like taking them down and portaging them out but felt if I ran into a UFS officer, they might say something about tampering with federal property???
 
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