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Re: Duluth to Knife River
We do have radar. It is important along the Maine coast. Fog can be an issue at certain times of the year. Things can change quite quickly.
Is fog an issue on Lake Superior? We have only enjoyed wind and spectacular thunder storms. Having lightning hitting the island you are camped on with fairly high frequency sure adds to the adventure. Mostly it has been beautiful paddling in an ocean of Aquafina. Spectacular!
Hi Down, Superior is definitely known for its fog. May and June it's quite common, July can still be quite foggy, August/September is less so, but still not uncommon. Two seasons ago we were out for our typical 35 day journey, but this time left the end of June. We experienced thick fog for at least 15 of those days.
We don't have radar, but would have one if $$ were no issue. That said, it is not a necessity on Superior -- not b/c there isn't a lot of fog, but b/c there isn't a lot of other traffic. As long as you have good charts, and good navigation abilities, it's not hard to remain safe. It does mean being fog-bound some days. Good excuse to do some additional reading or exploring!
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