This online document is a means of sharing the adventure of traveling on America's waterways with friends and family. Last Dance is continuing to take her crew to historical, natural, beautiful, and interesting places. Enjoy the ride.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lake Superior - Otter Cove

The final two hours of the trip to Otter Cove was in fog with no visibility of the shore.  The beauty of the shore was missed and no landmarks were visible for navigation.  Jagged shoreline with numerous islands close to shore mask inlets that might lead to harbors suitable for anchoring.  Fortunately, as the GPS and chartplotter were indicating that Last Dance was approaching the skinny entrance to Otter Cove, the fog began to lift, revealing a small opening.

Through the entrance, down a narrow cut between Otter Island and a mainland point, the cove appeared - a quite large cove.  Water was deep across the cove from shore to shore, mostly at 40 feet or more.  In the background, Last Dance can be seen at anchor.  The structure in the foreground is a helicopter landing pad for the park service.   This area is part of a national park, reachable in the winter only by plane.  Natural forest came right down to the water around the cove, except at this rock point with the helipad.

A closer view of the vertical ridge on the north side of the cove.  Rock formations and natural forest define the landscape of Lake Superior - undisturbed beauty.

Along the point where the lake can lash when it is angry, the shore had a few beaches, again colorful, rock beaches.  Beachcombing ensued.