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    great photos and trip report!

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    I don't recall if I ever mentioned, but in all those trips to the potholes, I later found out those weren't the potholes! The trail I though was going there actually goes to the west side, but the potholes are on the north. No trail most of the way, and a rugged backwoods hike. But worth it for sure!

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    Nice Photos. Planning a trip there next Sept. with the Boy Scouts. Looks like it'll be a good destination.

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    Nice trip report love the photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donk_67 View Post
    Nice Photos. Planning a trip there next Sept. with the Boy Scouts. Looks like it'll be a good destination.
    Hey Donk! Cool! It's a great place for kids. Mostly easy terrain, vast private beaches, no bear or anything to worry about except chipmunks and skeeters. The kids in my group all started backpacking on Manitou at age 4. First year they don't carry anything, second year just a bookbag with a teddy bear, and then build up from there. By boy scout age, they can start carrying your stuff, right??? lol


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    My May 2014 trip is now online too! Here

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    Awesome Trip Report

    Sorry to bring back an old thread but I wanted to say thanks for the report. I'm planning on a family trip up there next month for 4 or 5 nights after a little shake down weekend this month at Hoosier Natl. Forrest.
    My wife and my 12yr old daughter have each been on one backpacking trip with me but this trip will also include my 2yr son and my almost 4 month old son. Our mileage each day will obviously not be much as we will be at the pace of the 2yr old. Luckily he has energy to burn and loves taking short day hikes already.
    I'm undecided on trying to move camp each day or spend more than one night at a place. Any advice is appreciated.
    Last edited by Indiana Camper; 06-03-2016 at 06:53. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiana Camper View Post
    Sorry to bring back an old thread but I wanted to say thanks for the report. I'm planning on a family trip up there next month for 4 or 5 nights after a little shake down weekend this month at Hoosier Natl. Forrest.
    My wife and my 12yr old daughter have each been on one backpacking trip with me but this trip will also include my 2yr son and my almost 4 month old son. Our mileage each day will obviously not be much as we will be at the pace of the 2yr old. Luckily he has energy to burn and loves taking short day hikes already.
    I'm undecided on trying to move camp each day or spend more than one night at a place. Any advice is appreciated.

    I was up there last summer for the first time. If I was you, I would look into getting a spot at the 'village campground' when you arrive on the island. It is maybe half a mile from where the boat docks. From there, you would be able to take short day hikes to what suits your family. I tried to nab a spot at the campground my last night on the island to make sure I was at the dock in time for departure and all the spots were already occupied. I think there may be 7-8 spots at that campground. There are some nice beach areas near the campground too. Also, the village campground is the only place on the island you can have a campfire. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll do my best to answer.

    Edit: Oh, almost forgot.. watch out for poison ivy! There is a TON of it on the island. I came back with my legs covered.
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    Mega report...enjoyed.
    Mountain views are good for the soul....& getting to them is good for my waistline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrotherEarth View Post
    I was up there last summer for the first time. If I was you, I would look into getting a spot at the 'village campground' when you arrive on the island. It is maybe half a mile from where the boat docks. From there, you would be able to take short day hikes to what suits your family. I tried to nab a spot at the campground my last night on the island to make sure I was at the dock in time for departure and all the spots were already occupied. I think there may be 7-8 spots at that campground. There are some nice beach areas near the campground too. Also, the village campground is the only place on the island you can have a campfire. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll do my best to answer.

    Edit: Oh, almost forgot.. watch out for poison ivy! There is a TON of it on the island. I came back with my legs covered.
    Thanks for the reply. I am really torn on how much to try to move. Two weeks from today we'll be on a short trip on a trail I've been on several times in Hoosier National Forrest. I guess how we all do on that trip may influence how much we try to move on the island next month. Thanks for the heads up with the poison ivy.
    How about black flies and mosquitoes in mid July? Anybody have an idea of how bad those will be?
    Thanks again and hopefully I'm not derailing the thread. I've since read a more recent trip report from the OP and it was great as well.

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