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Entry Point 23 - Mudro Lake

Mudro Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 19 miles. Three accesses into Mudro Lake involve portages ranging from 20–185 rods.Easiest access is from private la nd with parking fee.

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1166 feet
Latitude: 48.0356
Longitude: -91.8301
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Chief Bob
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09/23/2009 08:40PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Chief Bob

Trip Name: Mudro - Crooked Lake loop.

Entry Point: 23

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airmorse
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09/23/2009 09:23PM
 
Bob,

Nice report. Good to see a fellow Hoosier on the board. We are planning on this exact trip for next year. Except we are going to take our time, 7 days.

Take care,

Curt

"In wilderness is the salvation of mankind." Thoreau.
willys53
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09/23/2009 10:40PM
 
It is a small world. In 2000 I worked the Burnt Flats Fire out of Grangeville Idaho. On the Nez Pierce National Forest. Really nice country!
oldgentleman
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09/24/2009 07:09AM
 
You have some really great pictures. Really enjoyed your report.

The Sundew in your picture used to be in Charlevoix, Michigan. We saw it often.
nojobro
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09/24/2009 03:16PM
 
Nice report and great pictures! They are awesome.

Also, have you seen this post?

I was in a silver Dodge minivan, which I am sure you don't remember, but when I went by I was so thrilled to see your bwca.com decal that I was grinning like an idiot. ;-) I passed you but then I could see you for the next half hour behind me until I turned off at Trego. As I was turning you sped on by. I'm 99% sure it was you, anyway.... Saturday, Sept. 5.
bojibob
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09/24/2009 06:48PM
 
Bob, Nice report and loved the pics so much I saved it to my favorite trip reports. :-)

"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
Chief Bob
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09/24/2009 08:17PM
 
NoJoBro,
I was hoping someone would see the decal! I was driving a red Ford Ranger, you must have seen me while I was driving up from the Chicago area to Solon Springs WI, where I spent the night. I hope it was me, anyway!
Chief Bob
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09/24/2009 08:20PM
 
Oldgentleman,
I don't know if you saw the caption to the photo of the Sundew, but a friend that I work with was stationed on the Sundew when it was in Charlevoix. I knew he worked on a Great Lakes bouy tending vessel, but didn't know he had been on that ship when I took the picture.
mbeyer
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09/26/2009 04:59PM
 
Nice report....I did this loop in July. Great to see your pictures of places I was a few weeks ago.
TomT
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09/27/2009 12:47PM
 
Very cool to take the photo tour. You covered a lot of ground in the time that you had. I did a shorter solo loop out of Mudro in '07.

I'm interested in your Autumn Mist. I had a white one with black aluminum trim back in the late 80's. Yours is creme color right? Did you recently get the cherry woodwork done? It's really a beautiful boat. I see you also have a Bell solo.

Also, just curious why you wrap your pots in foil? Or is it something else?

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
mbeyer
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11/09/2009 02:21PM
 
Probably wrap pots to ease clean up...
bradcrc
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11/09/2009 05:28PM
 
I also loved the pics. excellent shots. :)
Koda
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11/09/2009 06:13PM
 
Great report, Bob. That loop (plus the Moosecamp River) is on my short list of trips to take in the near future.

I like your closing comment about not feeling bored or lonesome. I've found that soloing facilitates the experience of really "being there."

The Autumn Mist is a nice-looking boat, similar to the somewhat longer Mad River Independence and with a nice extra flare in the bow. How do you find the Autumn Mist on open water - does it track well with a load? I ask because next May I plan to take my Indy down the Isabella River, through the Kawishiwi Triangle, and out the South Kawish River. I'm hoping it handles OK on the more open water.
lars54
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11/09/2009 07:11PM
 
Nice report. Seeing all those other people & full campsites

distract anything from your solo trip
mc2mens
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11/09/2009 09:54PM
 
Nice pics and report Bob. We're thinking of a similar trip next summer. Interesting to hear so many campsites full on your route.
Chief Bob
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11/15/2009 06:52AM
 
Koda,
The Autumn Mist performed beautifully, especially on the open water. When I was crossing Thursday Bay I got about 1/2 way across and the bay started kicking up whitecaps, wind from the south on my beam. I tacked a bit into the wind and had no problems whatsoever. I'll admit I was concerned, but the boat handled it with no problems.

When I was planning the trip I was agonizing about which boat to take, my Merlin II is only 31 lbs, but has a lower shearline and more rocker than the Autumn Mist. The Mist was deeper, had a flared bow, tracked a bit better, but was heavier. I made the right choice.
Chief Bob
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11/15/2009 07:01AM
 
Tom T,
The foil is a wind screen that focused the heat from my old Optimus 99 stove. It really helps conserve fuel. Or, are you asking about the bubblewrap pot cozy? I made the cozy out of foil-faced bubble wrap (insulation available at home supply stores). When my meal came to a boil I would take it off the stove and put it into the cozy to finish cooking, rather than simmering it on the stove. Again, it saves fuel.
Chief Bob
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11/15/2009 07:07AM
 
Tom T,
I obtained the Autumn Mist from my best friend who passed away earlier this year. He bought it used as you see it in my photos except that I added the contoured cherry seat.
SunCatcher
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11/15/2009 07:13PM
 
Awesome Trip and spectacular pictures! This was really a nice trip to share with all your neat pics. Also learn a lot about everyone's set up at camp from photo's. appreciate the trip report.
SunCatcher

"WWJD"
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