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February 23 2024

Entry Point 49 - Skipper & Portage Lakes

Skipper and Portage Lakes entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 28 miles. Access is a 320-rod portage from Poplar Lake or a 230-rod portage from Iron Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1865 feet
Latitude: 48.0517
Longitude: -90.5366
Skipper & Portage Lakes - 49

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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