BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
November 28 2023
Number of Permits per Day: 5
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.
EP 24 to EP 24
June 13, 2005
Number of Days:
John & I met the group that drove up Sunday afternoon & night about 6:30 am in Winton at PACKSACK outfitters. We arrived in Ely Saturday night and the rest of the group arrived about 4:00 am Monday morning.
After securing the necessary equipment from Packsack we left the Fall Lake landing about 7:30 am. We crossed the Newton Falls portage, Newton Lake and the Pipestone Falls portage. We stopped for lunch about 10:45 on an island 6 miles from our put in. We continued up Pipestone Bay, crossed into Jackfish Bay, through the narrows and then east to a camp site on a small strip of land. We arrived here about 2:00. This is a great site for several tents. A few took a nap to make up for lost sleep and some went fishing. Later all went fishing. Luke caught a nice Walleye and a Northern. We had a small shower about 3:00 and I put up the large tarp. from 5:30 on we had a light rain. After a dinner of fish all were in bed early.
Tuesday, June 14 2005
It rained most of the night and most of the day Tuesday. We did some shore fishing, but we mostly stayed under the tarp to escape the rain. 60 degrees and rain in the afternoon. Caleb caught a nice Walleye. At this point he was outfishing his Dad. (His Dad later passed him.)
Wednesday, June 15 2005
The rain had stopped and we paddled to the Basswood River and did some fishing. Several caught some nice fish here. We were fishing below the rapids. We stopped in Canada on the return trip to camp so that the boys could "set both feet in CANADA". We pack up camp after a lunch and returned to Pipestone Bay. We portaged into Back Bay. We found a nice site with a sand beach so we could swim. Luke, Caleb and Tyler went fishing in Good Lake after paddling through the creek - no portage necessary in this high water. Derrick caught at least 5 different turtles, saucer size just off our camp site. These he released. The group in Good Lake had a lot of success fishing. At almost dark they decided to take the 65 rod portage back into Back Bay of Basswood instead of repaddling the creek. The portage turned out to be a lot longer than 65 rods and muddy. The group at camp was clearly worried about our companions when they did not return until 9:50 in the twilight.
Thursday, June 16 2005
The fish that Luke and Tyler brought back last night were left on a stringer in the bay and the Turtles ate them during the night - an easy catch for the turtles. We left Back Bay and again portaged into Pipestone Bay. We paddled down the West shore looking for a camp site. All were occupied until we found one available in the bay that leads to Jackfish Bay. This is a nice site with a stone beach for swimming. Here we saw 6 or more snow rabbits. They still had small patches of white fur in their summer coat of brown.
Friday, June 17 2005
Caleb and Derrick slept late while Luke and Tyler went fishing in Pipestone Bay. They later returned to the Bay we were camped in and Luke caught a nice 18" + smallmouth Bass. Mark, John and I fished in the bay were in and then Mark & I paddled throught the "creek" between the bay and Jackfish Bay. Here we had to push over one inactive beaver dam. We had no luck on the east shore of Jackfish and we returned to the small bay we were camped on. After a large shore lunch of fish and fried potatoes we broke camp and headed for the landing on Fall Lake.
We saw several Eagles this week including one immature Eagle, a few chipmunks, small squirrels, Ravens, rabbits, Loons, Merganser Duck with baby ducks and deer.