BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
May 17 2021
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.
1st solo trip
June 10, 2008
Number of Days:
I just came back from my first solo trip. it was a last minute thing so I took a permit out of Fall lake up to Pipestone bay. Well, it was an eye opener, 1st it was raining and windy. I got started at 4:30 am then (in my own defense it was my 1st time in this area) I lost my way within 5 minutes it wasn't till an hour later I started thinking where the #ell am I, when I realized that I made a mistake right at the beginning, I started to laugh then I started to call myself every name in the book. nothing like getting lost in the early morning in rain and wind. Then I corrected my path and all was right. I am not used to these portages they were like roads the whole way. I trolled on the way in, I caught a walleye in Newton then when I hit Pipestone it was so windy I put the fishing rod away. I found out I like my Prism it handles waves a lot better than my Mad river explorer. This being my 1st solo I wore my PFD all the time and good thing... I took chances, If I were with anybody else they would've talked me out of it. there were times when I was pretty far from shore I questioned my decision but I prevailed. campsite after campsite was taken then finally I got one right after Hidden bay it was pretty nice I rate it 3 out of 5 stars. It was only a 4 hour paddle but after getting started so early and fighting the wind I needed to take a nap. when I woke up the winds calmed down a little so I went out and caught some Smallies and Northerns nothing big but it was a good start. I ran into a group from Iowa they were catching walleyes at the mouth of Hidden bay. I tried to start a fire, but I am disappointed in my fire making skills this day, all the wood was saturated. I give up and I am tired I go to sleep at 8:00 pm.
1 Eagle, 6 Smallies, 2 Northerns and a million mosquitoes.
3 camp robbers, 2 unknown Eagle like birds, no mosquitoes and 1 TICK
1 pleated Woodpecker, Loons and multiple wet sleepless paddlers.
I have a new found respect for solo canoeist's
1 - They are the solely responsible for their actions
2 - you better like yourself because it isn't that easy being by yourself
3 - I had to keep busy and something as simple as a fire made a difference
4 - I know that the weather wasn't the best but I'm not sure if I can do this again. I will try but I'll make sure its on smaller waters and during better weather.