This will be my husband and my first trip to VNP. We were looking at taking out of Crane Lake and either camping out on Sand Point (first choice) or Namakan (eastern side). I would appreciate any advice that you all can give. We are going the first week in August.
We love to fish for smallies, perch, other pan fish (if there are any), and musky. We plan to bring our 2 golden retrievers with us. Some of the questions I have are below - if anyone has any input on any/all of these topics, I would greatly appreciate it.
1 - Do you have any recommendations on camp sites for either Sand Point or Namakan? We would like to be somewhat protected if a storm should blow up. [Would love photos of your favorite sites if you have them.]
2 - How busy are the sites in early August? Do a lot of people just camp for the weekend or do they tend to stay for a week? We are worried that we won't be able to find anything. We are either coming up on a Friday afternoon or possibly waiting until Sunday afternoon.
3 - Are people having any major issues with bears? If so, what sites have been an issue recently? My DH worries that he won't sleep well at night in an effort to "protect us".
4 - Do many people bring their dogs out there camping or is that just plain crazy? Just want to be sure it is safe for them. We do a lot of camping in northern Wisconsin and haven't had any issues.
5 - Does anyone has any suggestions on where (which lakes) to fish for smallies, perch, pan fish, musky?
6 - If we can't fit one of our coolers into the bear box (our friends might be with us), how necessary is it to string it up?
I sort of had to talk my husband into this trip, so I want to make it as much fun as possible for him and our friends, if they decide to go with us. Thanks for any help/suggestions you can give to make this an awesome experience for all of us. I am so excited!!!