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August 02 2021

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: 6
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.

Crooked Lake Falls and Fish

by wrestlencanoe
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 19, 2014
Entry Point: Mudro Lake (restricted--no camping on Horse Lake)
Number of Days: 9
Group Size: 3

Trip Introduction:
This would be a 9 day trip for me and my 2 teenage sons Sam and Ryan. The route would be a loop beginning at Mudro to Lower Basswood Falls, through Crooked Lake to Curtain Falls, out Friday Bay to Moose Camp to Mudro. We would meet up with my 2 brothers at Curtain Falls and camp and fish with them for 3 days before going our separate ways. A video of the trip is included. v=29mQ0B0NOno


There are many reports out there on this area so instead of going day by day I thought I would just give my impressions of the area. Lower Basswood Falls is beautiful. Take some time and soak it in. Check out the cabin in the area. We camped close to here and saw the few groups that did pass by go quickly.

Pictos are cool, take a look. Table Rock is a nice place to stop and imagine what it was like when a resort was there. The boys did a John Gillespie Waters and Woods dance on it. Big Current is interesting. Where Crooked Lake narrows there is a lot of current and even a little bit of rapids. Curtain Falls is another great set of falls. [paragraph break] We were all alone in Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday Bays. The fishing is good. [paragraph break]

The mile portage south of Friday Bay is not bad but the first 20 feet out of Fourtown is a bear. Logging artifacts were in the open at the Moosecamp site.

Enjoy the sunsets. [paragraph break] It was worth it to us to bring a deck of cards, a cribbage board, and a kendama. We had fun using colorful shirts as prizes for big walleye and smallmouth of the day. When buying supplies online and you need a little extra to qualify for free shipping, freeze dried ice cream sandwiches are a good choice.

[paragraph break] [paragraph break]As always we were very satisfied with the service provided by Voyageur North Outfitters.