Holed Up in Chippewa Harbor (July 6th – 8th)

We woke up to a cloudy sky with traces of fog showing over the hills around Windigo.The fog wasn’t a good sign as our friend Dave had told us their was often fog on the main lake when it was clear in the harbors. We had about 40 miles to travel from Windigo to Chippewa Harbor so we knew fog wouldn’t be much fun. The other side of the equation is that once we’re outside, we won’t come back into a harbor unless visibility is good. In the case of Chippewa Harbor the entrance is a bit hard to find and once inside, good light is important to see the unmarked rocks and shoals.
We left WIndigo via Washington and Grace Harbors and rounded the Cumberland Point shoals out to the main lake. Visibility was good initially but then the fog rolled in as we had feared. We used the chart plotter to a course that kept us a minimum of one mile offshore and set the VHF and PA speaker to sound the appropriate fog signals. For the next 4 hours, visibility ranged from 200 feet to maybe 1/3 of a mile.

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The lord was definitely with us as the fog lifted as we neared the entrance to Chippewa Harbor after about a 40 mile trip. The first site through the fog was Isle Royal Light at Siskiwit bay (trust me it’s there).

Isle Royal Light

Isle Royal Light

We spotted the white triangular day mark as we neared Chippewa Harbor and made our way in. Navigating the narrow unmarked channel required one of us on the bow to watch for rocks while the other (Phebe) steered the boat.

Chippewa Day Mark

Chippewa Day Mark

 

 

Start of Chippewa Entry

Start of Chippewa Entry

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Heading to the Second Basin

Heading to the Second Basin

Once inside the harbor it was like we were on a small mountain lake. It’s very narrow with excellent protection. It’s been too windy and foggy to leave the last couple of days and we’ve been confined to the boat. It’s been too windy to row the dinghy and I have a slightly tweaked back making it impossible to put the motor on the dinghy. The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow so we’ll most likely move onto Rock Harbor.

Chippewa Harbour

Chippewa Harbour

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7 thoughts on “Holed Up in Chippewa Harbor (July 6th – 8th)

  1. Gods Speed!! you are courageous and adventurous!!! The view is absolutely beautiful thanks for sharing. I will say a prayer that Ron’s back will be better sooner than later. I Would say do some Yoga stretches however not sure if that will make it better or worse. Take care and Safe Travels
    God Bless
    Love Patty, and Tom Manus

  2. Bart and I are following your travels with interest and enjoying all the pictures you post! We use Aspercreme with Lidocaine on backs, knees, shoulders – it helps…have someone massage it on your back (Phebe). God bless and keep you guys safe –
    Faye and Bart Pedersen

  3. Oh boyyyyy. I stumbled on this… Not sure what I do— certainly not on my computer. With that ☺️ Nice to catch up. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. WHAT a journey. Looking forward to hooking up at the Erie !!!! God bless. Be safe.
    Justin is wanting to hook up on your blog. Now if I can only figure out how to get er done. ??? I am a sorry sole. 😞

  4. My goodness, what an adventure!! Sounds a little nerve-wracking (well, maybe more than a little). the pictures are wonderful to see!! Thank you for sharing!
    While you are bundled up against the damp chill on the water, we are frying here in 90 deg heat. Lots of smoke from a big fire south of Hamilton that started this weekend and had consumed over 7,000 acres and 14 homes so far. Do you miss it here?!
    We think of you always. Ron, good luck with your back!!
    Hugs and cheers to you both!!

    • Laura read about the fires hope all is well
      Applegates, wow moving right along. You can do it!
      Thanks again for the mail

    • Thanks for the good wishes. We definitely miss you guys but not the summer fires. Terrible to hear about the lost homes. Currently in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and leaving for the North Channel of Lake Huron in the Morning.

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