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November 29 2022

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: 5
Elevation: 1166 feet
Latitude: 48.0356
Longitude: -91.8301
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.

Horse Lake

by Harbi
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 19, 2008
Entry Point: Mudro Lake
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:


  We headed in through Mudro to Horse Thursday morning and set up camp at the island site on the north end of Horse. Nice site, it was pretty open so we could get some breezes through camp to keep the mosquitoes down. We ended up having pretty good luck in the evenings for walleyes using bobbers and leeches right from the campsite.    Friday we headed for Lower Basswood Falls for a day trip. Only had to take the three marked portages on the way downstream. We made it to LBF and ate lunch and enjoyed the scenery. On our way back to Horse Lake we had a couple extra short portages to bypass small rapid areas. When we were about 3/4 of the way back to Horse, we could hear thunder and see dark clouds coming at us. The wind suddenly went from 10mph to 30mph and it started to rain. We pulled off the river and it started hailing so we flipped a canoe and the four of us sat under it for a 5 minute pea to marble sized hail storm. The storm blew over quickly and the wind went down, so we went back on the water and paddled to camp.   Saturday, fished in the early morning and then packed up and headed out through Mudro.

Overall a short, but fun trip. Mosquitoes were bad on portages and in the evening. The walleye bite was best after sunset in 6-12 ft of water.


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