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July 21 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

Total-
45 miles by water
13 miles by portage (3 trips each)
58 miles total.

Sundial PMA

by CanvasAndSteel
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 08, 2013
Entry Point: Angleworm Lake
Exit Point: Stuart River (19)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Took a small group up from my church (I'm a Lutheran pastor in the Twin cities). The group wanted a mix of traveling, basecamping, fishing, and I suggested we put a PMA in play to get away from people.

Report


The start of the trip meant beginning with the angleworm portage, which is basically just a long walk in the woods. Nothing difficult about it, but a group would be advised to have things well packed in order to keep all the hand carried items to a minimum.

Angleworm Lake is unspectacular, but as the first lake after the portage few groups will camp on it. We went through Home to Gull, camping there on the first night. Didn't fish much there, and didn't catch anything either. We met a group from Iowa on their way out that gave us their leeches. Good folks.

Day two we entered the Sundial PMA via the Beatrap River out of Beartrap Lake. It's such a great little river, very remote feeling. The portages are Quetico- like, as in not always easy to follow (although not ever difficult to spot the landings).

Nights 2 and 3 were spent on Sunday Lake. It's a pretty lake, and small. Best campground (no grate, no biffy) is located on the east side of the Lake. Fishing is very good on Sunday. We ate 13 fish from first morning through second morning (9 walleye, 4 northern).

Day four we headed west to Stuart Lake. Sterling Creek is very pretty, but challenging to find. Topography makes it obvious where the creek is, but actually getting through to it requires trusting your instincts and paddling/pushing up a few dead ends. The portages through to Stuart are more difficult than on the Beartrap River. Sterling Lake is a larger and nicer looking lake than Sunday. I would like to camp there in the future and explore the fishing.

Nights 4 and 5 were spent on Stuart Lake. Very pretty lake. Excellent campsite on north side. Layover day was spent fishing the Stuart River holes along the portage (one large northern) and climbing the rock hill on the south side of the lake. Great view. fishing on Stuart was not good.

Final day we slept in, as it was our intention to camp on White Feather, a relatively short jaunt. It proved to be an uninspiring lake, so we decided to push on. The portage out was, again, a long walk in the woods. We met a group of 8 (two adult men, 6 boys)strewn throughout the portage. I doubt they were paddling before 2 pm. They would have been lucky to get to Stuart Lake by 8. Bad planning.

It was a good three day route stretched with layover days. since we went through the PMA we saw no people for three days. In all we saw only three other groups, one of those on the final portage. If you do it,remember to get the additional PMA permit. Angleworm Lake, Home Lake, Gull Lake, Thunder Lake, Beartrap Lake, Sunday Lake, Sterling Lake, Nibin Lake, Bibon Lake, Stuart Lake

 

Lakes Traveled:   Angleworm Lake, Home Lake, Gull Lake, Thunder Lake, Beartrap Lake, Sunday Lake, Sterling Lake, Nibin Lake, Bibon Lake, Stuart Lake,

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