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Wildflowers of Isle Royale 

June 23rd, 2004

We arrived at Isle Royale Monday afternoon and after we got settled we hiked the Tobin Harbor Trail and then went towards Suzy's Cove. There were many flowers along the path but the ones that thrilled me most were threeCalypso.jpg (26002 bytes) Calypso Orchids (Calypso bulbosa, Fairy Slipper). We also saw, blooming: Baneberry, Bearberry, Naked Miterwort, Early Saxifrage and Eastern Paintbrush. On Tuesday we hiked out towards Scoville Point, and my breath was taken away finding over seventy-five Calypsos in one rather small area. There were Rams-head2.jpg (58182 bytes) Photo by Lorraine Anderson many patches of Gay Wings (Fringed Polygala) and they are so beautiful too, one must just keep on smiling. We also saw Douglas Honeysuckle, a mother fox with four babies and a young moose. Wednesday we hired a water taxi to take us to Hidden Lake and Lookout Louise. There as we began our hike it was like they laid out a carpet of blooming Bunchberries, then an area of Pink Moccasin flowers, about thirty, Bastard Toadflax, Wild Comfrey but best of all - Two areas of Ram's Head Ladyslippers. I have never seen these before, tried but no success. There were four in one clump and then two more. They were not as showy but it certainly was exciting. The trip was a success, the boat ride long, the food good. There were six of us women and we had two cabins attached to each other. We ate meals together and some did some thing and some did others. We all went to Lookout Louise.

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About Isle Royale:

The Park, located in Lake Superior's northwest corner is a wilderness archipelago - a roadless land of wild creatures, unspoiled forests, refreshing lakes, and rugged, scenic shores - accessible only by boat or floatplane. Travel on and around the island by foot, boat, or float plane. Isle Royale has 165 miles of scenic hiking trails ready for exploration and 36 campgrounds for backpackers and recreational boaters. Excellent fishing opportunities abound on one of the Island's many inland lakes or on Lake Superior.



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Past Reports

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2004 Wildflower Reports:

September 1st, 2004

August 25th, 2004

August 18th, 2004

August 4th, 2004

July 28th, 2004

July 21st, 2004

July 14th, 2004

July 8th - 11th, 2004

July 7th 2004

June 30th, 2004

June 29th, 2004

June 23rd, 2004

June 16th, 2004

June 9th 2004

June 2nd, 2004

May 26th, 2004

Memorial Weekend

May 19th 2004

May 12th, 2004

May 5th, 2004


2006 Wildflower Reports:

August 16th, 2006

August 9th, 2006

August 2nd, 2006

July 26th, 2006

July 19th, 2006

July 12th, 2006

July 5th, 2006

June 21st, 2006

June 28th, 2006

June 14th, 2006

June 7th, 2006

May 31st, 2006

May 24th, 2006

May 17th, 2006

May 10th, 2006

May 3rd, 2006

April 26th, 2006


2005 Wildflower Reports:

August 10th, 2005

August 3rd, 2005

July 27th, 2005

July 20th, 2005

July 13th, 2005

July 6th, 2005

June 29th, 2005

June 22nd 2005

June 15th 2005

June 12th, 2005

June 10th, 2005

June 8th, 2005

June 1, 2005

May 25th, 2005

May 18th, 2005

May 11th, 2005

May 4th, 2005

April 20th, 2005

April 13th, 2005


2003 Wildflower Reports:

August 27th, 2003

August 20th 2003

August 13th 2003

August 6th 2003

July 30th, 2003

July 23rd, 2003

July 9th, 2003

July 2, 2003

June 25th, 2003

June 18th 2003

June 11th 2003

June 4th 2003

May 28th, 2003

May 21st, 2003

May 14, 2003

May 7, 2003

April 30, 2003

April 23, 2003

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