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May 27 2024

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.

Mudro to boot, fairy, gun, moose camp, fourtown. 9 People 6 days

by Aaron79
Trip Report

Entry Date: May 30, 2012
Entry Point: Mudro Lake (restricted--no camping on Horse Lake)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 9

Trip Introduction:
This was a 6 night trip planned for 3 guys and our sons. It ended up being 5 adults and our kids for a total of 9 people. This being the first trip for the kids and the last two adults added to the trip. The main goal on this trip is to introduce the kids to what we love.

Day 1 of 6

Wednesday May 30th 2012 We woke up around 5:30 at the Cliff Wolds bunk house and headed over to Britons cafe for breakfast. We packed on the carbs with their VERY LARGE pancakes. The food was wonderful. We headed back to Cliff Wolds to head out for EP 22 (Mudro with no camping on Horse). Let me just say now that the guys and Cliff Wolds are wonderful people, especially the owner Ryan. These guys have great gear, food and really know what customer service is. Once we get to EP 23, we were quickly reminded of the amount of rain that the BWCA area has received the previous week. The creek next to the parking lot that feeds Mudro lake was more like white water rapids. I was happy to see that knowing that we will likely have no problems on Moose camp river later in the trip. The paddle on Mudro was a nice short paddle and the portaging began. I have read on here that this is one of the roughest portages around. Everyone was right, very very rocky, up hill, down hill, up hill again and down hill again (this is the 141 rod portage) the two short portages were not much better and with the water being high, just about everyone got wet feet on these portages. Having kids age 13,12,10, and 7 they were limited on what they could carry and with this many people, we were triple portageing! Once done with the three portages we were on our way through Fourtown lake. We did stop on the East campsite on Fourtown where the Car is supposed to be for lunch. We never did find the car though. We ate some Ham sandwiches and headed back out. This is a pretty big lake. The weather was wonderful. Very little wind and temps around 55-60 deg. We push our way through Foutown and head over to the 48 rod portage to Boot lake. This was a pretty easy portage for what I remember. Once on Boot, we stayed on the 3rd camp site coming from Fourtown. It was a OK campsite. Maybe a 3 star. Had plenty of room for 2- 5 man tents and a nice area for the fire. For dinner, we had some 10 oz ribeyes over the open fire. They were GOLDEN! Tasted so good! Mudro Lake, Fourtown Lake, Boot Lake Mudro Lake, Fourtown Lake, Boot Lake, Fairy Lake, Gun Lake, Bullet Lake, Moosecamp Lake


Day 2 of 6

Thursday May 31 2012 We stayed on the same campsite as day 1. Did a little fishing. Catching a few fish. Nothing special. Crappie, walleye, pike, smallies, sunfish. Breakfast was Pancakes and Bacon which is wonderful food from Cliff Wolds. His syrup mix is most excellent as well. Lunch was PB&J . For dinner we had big thick slices of ham and mashed potatoes. Once again, very good food from the outfitter. We just had a nice day of throwing the Frisbee and football around and doing some fishing. This was the plan. 2 days on each campsite. Also at this point, the bugs were not bad at all, but this will change.


Day 3 of 6

Friday June 1, 2012 Today we got up and had some french toast for breakfast and packed up and headed out. Our goal was Moose Camp Lake. We made it there with no problems in very little time. The 10 rod portage from Bullet Lake to Moose Camp Lake we didn't have to use it. The water level was so high we just paddled on through. We Stayed on the farthest East Camp site on Moose Camp, closest to the river. This was a good camp site, I would say a 4 star. It had great fishing off shore and seemed to be the home of many turtles. We had Grilled Cheese for Lunch and Beef Stroganoff for dinner. Both were wonderful again. The kids were very interested in the turtles so we caught a few and had us some turtle races and then put them back in the water. This was quite entertaining. The weather was starting to warm up from this day forward. Getting into the 70's for the highs , the Black flies starting coming out big time. They passed as the night came and the wind picked up a little bit. Maybe 5mph or so. Not much, but just enough. The Ticks were starting to show up now also, but thanks to Permathrin, we did not have to many problems.


Day 4 of 6

Saturday June 2nd, 2012 Well, as stated before, our plan was to stay at each camp site for 2 nights each. Today was pancakes and bacon again for breakfast, summer sausage and cheese for lunch and chicken and rice for dinner. We also Fried up some Smallies, a pike and a few walleye for dinner. Man was that stuff good!! We hit a few of the fish off of a 1/4 Oz Jig and leach and the other half was on a Rapala Husky Jerk tiger strip in color.


Day 5 of 6

Sunday June 3, 2012  Today, French toast for Breakfast and Lunch meat and cheese and Mac and cheese for dinner. We got up, had breakfast and headed out to travel down Moose Camp River and head for Fourtown. Moose camp river was beautiful! We had great timing on taking that rout with all the rain they had up there. We had to cross over 3 beaver dams and that was it. Pretty easy and what a view. We hit Fourtown and stopped at the north east camp site for a quick snack as Moose Camp River was pretty long travel. No sooner did we hit the camp site, the wind picked up pretty good, maybe 10-15mph. As we all know, here comes the white caps. So we sat it out for about 45 min and the wind died down. We headed south and ended up on 5th camp site from the north heading south. It had a nice fire pit out on its on little penisula. tent pads were not great but they fit and we all had sleeping pads, so the rocks were not to bad. It was also home to a White tail Doe. She didn't seem bothered at all that we were there. She walked right through our camp sight 2x. She had not a care in the world that we were there.


Day 6 of 6

Monday June 4th, 2012 Today we had a storm rolling in and seemed to just miss us to the west by about 1 mile. Spent the day preparing for the storm that missed us. Just kinda had a good lazy day around the camp. dodged the storm and watched for another one coming in. Caught a few more fish this day including a 25" walleye and 2 smallies over 17". were supposed to be picked up tomorrow morning but decieded to bust ass and make it in today and we did and Ryan From Cliff wolds came out and picked us up at 10:45 pm so we didnt have to camp in the the EP 23 parking lot.. LOL Thanks again ryan! OVer all, a pretty good trip, but a lot of work for 9 people, seemed like we were doing chores over half the time. 9 people, not again! I like 4 or less.


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