As I continue my research/prep work for a solo navigation of Lake Superior in 2021 (maybe, hopefully) I am once again turning to the fabulous resource of this board.
While I’m actually more concerned about the humans I might encounter, I’m curious about personal experiences from both sides of the Lake concerning camping with black bears.
I always practice the basics - keeping a clean campsite, 200 foot triangle, no food in the tent, don’t cook in your sleeping clothes, etc. so my interest is more about the local bear population’s behaviors and specific conditions at lake side campsites both developed and not.
Are there spots without trees for bear hangs? (Also important information since I prefer to hammock camp.) If there aren’t trees, can I leave odoriferous items in Opsacks-lined dry bags inside the hatches at night? My 2002 Necky is an old school heavy layup fiberglass with hard cockpit covers. I know that’s no match for a bear but I hear stories about paddlers doing that if there’s no bear sign. I do have an Ursack Major but it’s not going to hold months of food and toiletries.
Do y’all regularly see black bears when camping along the shore? Any encounters with predatory black bears? Any advice on bear deterrents. I’ve heard certain brands of spray are not allowed in Canada.
Let’s hear your stories!
Ms. B Dawson