BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
November 21 2018
Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1166 feet
On the Water- Monday July 20th-
On the water late considering how far we need to go today. Up the Horse river to the falls by 6pm. Started raining and NO campsites available. Mudrow-Alruss-Tin can Mike-Horse Lake-Horse River-Basswood. 13 miles by water. (not counting portages)
Tuesday July 21st-
Rain all night, all morning and all day. Went north by petroglyphs, table rock and the the Crocked Lake Narrows across Thursday bay to campsite. Basswood-Crooked Lake-Wednesday Bay-Thursday Bay. 11 miles in the rain.
Wednesday July 22nd-
Up early and calm winds to take advantage of, considering the big water we have to cross. Found beaver dam to lift over and did a portage from hell between Pandos lake and Chippewa Lake. VERY steep and slippery after rain. Many mud holes. Then the mile portage after Wagosh Lake to Gun Lake. Never saw another soul in a canoe or campsite the entire day! Thursday bay-Friday Bay-Pandos Lake-Chippewa Lake-Wagosh lake-Gun Lake. 11 miles by water.
Thursday July 23rd-
Finally had a dry night. got everything dry!!! A few portages today to Fourtown Lake campsite. Easy day by comparison. Gun Lake-Fairy Lake-Boot Lake-Fourtown Lake. 6 miles. Put the long miles at the first of the week for a buffer for contingencies!
Friday July 24th-
Last day. Stormed last night bad. A few portages today with one bad one between Fourtown Lake and Mudrow lake. To entry point by 1pm. Ready for a hot shower! 4 miles
45 miles by water
13 miles by portage (3 trips each)
58 miles total.
September 18, 2017
Number of Days:
I was lucky enough to get some really good advice from friends. Thanks (you know who you are.)
Planning is important. Pack and repack, Your going to take too much. One thing I know for sure is we're going to attempt to cut down gear to single portage size. I'm afraid the Helinox chairs may have to go. :-(
Ok here we go, Put on at entry 23 Mudro lake. Mudro is a pretty popular loop so there was some congestion at the put-in. We leaped-frogged back and forth with a group from Wisconsin on the first couple of portages. Nice guys 5 or 6 of them. We were double portaging and on one of the trips we were heading back for the second load and they had grabbed our stuff and was bringing it along. Thanks Marty and crew!
Four portages (360 rods total) across Mudro, Sandpit, Tin Can Mike, To Horse where we stayed Two days at the campsite at the head of the Horse river. Awesome site. Nice firepit, Plenty of room for tents lot's of trees water on three sides. There are some big fish in that little bay on the north side. If you catch a bass with a topwater hanging from his lip he's mine! Also had what felt to be a good size pike bite thru my line.
Day 2 we spent exploring Horse lake, fishing a bit and just hanging out.
Day 3 sent us over 2 more short portages 1 of 10, 1 of 80. Over to Fourtown. We took campsite number 1 at a little set of rapids. Warning there is a portage thru this campsite so probably not good for busy seasons but we only saw a couple of groups over 2 days and it is a really nice camp. Big rock for the firepit and lake gazing, Sheltered area for tents, Caught a good size Pike in the rapids below camp and a incredible view of the milky way at night.
Day 4 we spent roaming around the little islands and bays and soaking in the scenery.
Day 5 we paddle out through Mudro. A couple of brutal portages thru here. (Convinced me we really don't need chairs) Was waiting for a group at one of the portages and caught another nice pike. Friday was a pretty long day.
Pretty much a perfect trip. Beautiful weather (60-80 for the highs) warmer than usual. We had 2 thunderstorms roll thru but they were mostly gone by the time we got up. Food was good. Company was better. (Thanks Baby) The BWCA is a magnificent place! We'll be back. Maybe something on the eastern side next time..
Have to give some credit to Piragis where we rented our canoe and who helped us with maps and permits. Thanks Drew and company. Also the Stay - Inn right down the street is a cool little place. 5 individual rooms with baths and a common area with a fireplace, kitchen, fridge ect.. Very nice.