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The table below is a cataloged* list of travel journals that other visitors to Isle Royale National Park have posted on the Internet. The stars in the "Trails Covered" column indicate which trails on the island that journal covers. Use the maps below for the corresponding color-coded trails (you can also view these maps in a new window, with a color-coded key).

*In creating our cataloging scheme, we used the the same breakdown of Isle Royale's trails that Mike Tremblay employs in his comprehensive Trail and Campsite Guide for Backpackers.

Map of the west end of Isle Royale

Map of the east end of Isle Royale

Journal Site
Trails Covered
Far Away on A Remote Island
http://www.aldha.org/isleroyl.htm
A nice article written by a Detroit News staff member about his family's trip to Isle Royale in 1998 (text only).
Rock Harbor Trail Daisy Farm Trail Greenstone Ridge
Renegades Troop 820 Venture Crew
http://www.angelfire.com/wi/renegades/journal.html
A journal detailing the 7-day hiking trip of the Renegades Troop 820 Venture Crew from Sheboyagn, Wisconsin to Isle Royale in 1999 (text only).
Rock Harbor Trail Mount Ojibway Trail Minong Ridge Trail
Indian Portage Trail Chickenbone East Trail Lake Richie Trail
Isle Royale Trip
http://beth.lssu.edu/redopage/ir/ir.htm
Extensive diary entries and a few photographs of Beth's three-day trip to Isle Royale. The trip began at Rock Harbor, and included stops at Moskey, Daisy Farm, and 3 Mile before heading back to Rock Harbor.
Rock Harbor Trail
Scott and Nancy's Isle Royale Honeymoon
http://www.coolday.com/isle/index.htm
This wonderful site has Scott and Nancy's itinerary for their 5-day trip to the island, beginning at Windigo, as well as photographs, a pack list, and cuisine eaten along the way.
Island Mine Trail Greenstone Ridge
Isle Royale 1998
http://erebus.phys.cwru.edu/~copi/isle_royale_1998.html
Craig Copi's diary of his 1998 trip to Isle Royale. He started his trip from Rock Harbor and made numerous stops including Daisy Farm, McCargoe Cove, Lake Richie, and Three-Mile. The site has a nice combination of text and photographs.
Rock Harbor Trail Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Isle Royale Trip Report
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/9978/royale.html
This site describes Eric's 1997 trip to Isle Royale. There is a lot of information here about his trip that may be helpful to future visitors (text only).
Greenstone Ridge Huginnin Cove Trail Minong Ridge Trail
Indian Portage Trail Lake Richie Trail Rock Harbor Trail
Trip Journals, Isle Royale
http://www.geocities.com/br6873/backpack/trips/ir1999/ir99_1.html
Brian's journal detailing his May 1999 trip to Isle Royale. Stops on his visit included Rock Harbor, Daisy Farm, Moskey Basin, Lake Richie, Chickenbone Lake, and Mount Ojibway. The site includes extensive text entries and photographs.
Rock Harbor Trail Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Chickenbone East Trail Mount Ojibway Trail Mount Franklin Trail
Isle Royale Michigan
http://members.home.net/kjfrazi/nt99-isle.html
This site combines text and photographs to highlight a five-day trip to Isle Royale. The site also include a tally on the costs involved with the trip.
Rock Harbor Trail Stoll Trail Minong Ridge Trail
Manthey's Isle Royale Journal
http://www.orbitals.com/self/isle/index.html
Lots of text and pictures in this site put together by David Manthey do document his 1997 trip to Isle Royale. David's trip starts in Rock Harbor and continues on to Three-Mile, Daisy Farm, East Chickenbone Lake, Lake Desor, Minong Mine, Hatchet Lake, Lake Richie and McCargoe Cove.
Rock Harbor Trail Daisy Farm Trail Chickenbone East Trail
Indian Portage Trail Ishpeming Trail Hatchet Lake Trail
Minong Ridge Trail Lake Richie Trail Mount Ojibway Trail
Lane Cove Trail
Isle Royale By Foot
http://people.mn.mediaone.net/jmoravec/index.html
This site is divided into a photograph section and a text section and details a late Septemeber visit to Isle Royale. Stops on this trip included Rock Harbor, Daisy Farm, McCargoe Cove, Hatchet Lake, and Moskey Basin.
Rock Harbor Trail Hatchet Lake Trail Greenstone Ridge
Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Isle Royale National Park, MI: 1996
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mrwizard/bkp/ir96/ir96.html
This site describes, through journal entries and photographs, a 1996 trip to Isle Royale. This group arrived at Rock Harbor and visited Three-Mile, McCoskey Basin, West Chickenbone, McCargoe Cove, and Daisy Farm.
Rock Harbor Trail Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Chickenbone East Trail Greenstone Ridge Daisy Farm Trail
Isle Royale National Park: Through My Eyes
http://www.posterityscloud.com/isleroyale/trips.html
This site document's Mike Trembley's five trips to Isle Royale between 1996 and 2001. Included for most of the trips are itineraries, maps, and photographs.
Most of the Island
Isle Royale National Park
http://sweetwatervisions.com/Pages/isleroyale.html
John & Ann Mahan have taken an excerpt from their book, Lake Superior: Story and Spirit, that focuses on Isle Royale and put it up on their website. The site includes some of their photographs and thoughts about their many trips to Isle Royale.
No Trails Specified
A Trek Across Isle Royale National Park - 1999
http://www.tconl.com/~cculp/Isle_Royale/
Another nice mix of journal entries and photographs created by Wayne Culp to document his 1999 trip to Isle Royale. Destinations include Rock Harbor, Daisy Farm, Chickenbone Lake, Hatchet Lake, Lake Desor, and Windigo.
Rock Harbor Trail Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Greenstone Ridge
Wanderlust
http://home.earthlink.net/~chelsea2001/
This is Andy and Chelsea's page and while it is still under construction, it does have their journal entries for their recent trip to Isle Royale. Sites visited include Windigo, Greenstone Ridge, and Lake Desor.
Greenstone Ridge Ishpeming Trail Siskiwit-Lake Whittlesey Loop
Where the Wild Things Are...
http://www.oakland.edu/~stewart/wild.html
Nice site with diary entries and photos and other general Isle Royale information.
Rock Harbor Trail Lake Richie Trail Indian Portage Trail
Minong Ridge Trail Hatchet Lake Trail Greenstone Ridge
Isle Royale Adventure
http://people.mw.mediaone.net/sps/Isle_Royal/isleroyl.htm
This site documents a 1997 trip to Isle Royale and includes pictures of hikes, equipment lists, and links to travel resources. These travelers visited Rock Harbor, Daisy Farm, Hatchet Lake, Mt. Siskiwit, Lake Ritchie, and Moskey Basin.
Rock Harbor Trail Daisy Farm Trail Greenstone Ridge
Chickenbone East Trail Minong Ridge Trail Hatchet Lake Trail
Siskiwit-Lake Whittlesey Loop Lake Richie Trail
Isle Royale National Park
http://sac.uky.edu/~malafo1/ilroyale.html
This site is fairly brief but has a nice description (and a few photographs) of a 1991 visit to Isle Royale. Trail stops included Washington Harbor, Feldtmann Lake, Siskiwit Bay, and Lake Desor.
Feldtmann Trail Island Mine Trail Greenstone Ridge


Isle Royale Travelog
Conceived and developed by Alexandra Van Doren and Carol Whittaker
Photographs by Alexandra Van Doren
Text by Carol Whittaker and Alexandra Van Doren