Milford and Myrtle Johnson

Crystal Cove

Milford Johnson's Gill Nets, 1960s: Broomberg [NVIC: 60-868], ISRO Archives.

Oral History 4: Milford Johnson, July 10, 1975: Isle Royale National Park.


uperintendent Gibbs approved use of Crystal Cove as a fishery to Milford Johnson in 1956. At that time, Milford moved his fishing site from Star Island to the Crystal Cove location. Milford Sr. and his brother were going to work the Crystal Cove fishery together, as they had at Star Island, but Bob was in the service around this time and was not particularly interested in fishing after his return. Milford and his wife Myrtle eventually operated the fishery by themselves and used the main lodge of the McGeath compound as a residence. Milford Sr. fished whitefish nets at the mouth of McCargoe Cove for 10 days in the fall, near the end of October. He would set nets for 24 hours from 4am to 4am. Milford Sr. also fished Steamboat Island, Five-Finger Bay, Big Todd, etc. It is said he never fished beyond Big Todd Harbor.

See also:

Recreation History, Summer Cottages, North Shore: McGeath/Nixon

Historic Fisheries, Rock/Tobin Harbors, Star Island: Star Island Fishery

Image Gallery


Help Tell The Story

Are you related to this family? Would you be willing to share stories or photos associated with related events? If so, we would love to hear from you! Please contact the Cultural Resource Manager at Isle Royale National Park. Or write to:

Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1896