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October 22 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 Loop

by Wables
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 13, 2015
Entry Point: Mudro Lake
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Dave and I had been planning on a trip since the summer of 2014. We debated both BWCA and Quetico, and decided to get the permits and licenses required to do a hybrid trip - stay in the BWCA and fish on both sides of the border. I am not sure if I would do it again this way, but it was the cheapest way for us to hit our destination lake - Argo!

Day 1 of 8

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dave and I left Duluth at 5:00 headed for Ely. We got held up outside of Duluth due to a forgotten camera, and in Two Harbors as the McDonald's there doesn't open until 6:00. We had picked up our permit on Friday at Frost River, so only needed a quick stop at TGO for leeches and we were feet wet by 8:30 at Mudro. I was quickly reminded why I would rather be in the Quetico...every portage looked like a yard sale until we got to Tin Can Mike. We leap frogged the portages with a nice couple from the twin cities all the way to LBF. I don't normally visit with other groups, but I think we were all glad to have just a bit of company. Horse River was a pretty neat paddle, but I wouldn't want to do it in dry weather. We took a rock to the bow about half way down that I am still repairing as I type this. We made LBF at 3:00, and took our time admiring the falls. We continued north on the river and took the site just east of Frolic Lake, north of the Pictographs. We were so impressed with the picto's, that we went back for another look after dinner. Beautiful travel day![paragraph break][paragraph break] Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Tin Can Mike Lake, Horse Lake, Crooked Lake


Day 2 of 8

Sunday, June 14, 2015 Up at the crack of 6:30, and got ready for another travel day. You can tell from the Table Rock picture that the water was pretty high. We fished all day while traveling, and spent some extra time at Big Current, but only caught a couple. [paragraph break] [paragraph break] We ended up taking the site NW of Friday Bay, site 1881 on the map. This was plenty big for us, and would give us good access to Argo, Friday, and Saturday Bays. We cooked a late lunch of bacon wrapped walleye, and hunkered down for the first thunder storm of the trip.[paragraph break]


Day 3 of 8

Monday, June 15, 2015

Up early and off to explore Argo! We opted to take the 213 rod portage into the SE corner of Argo because it was a much shorter trip from our campsite, even though we were warned against it. The portage starts with a relatively easy 30 rod hike ending in a huge beaver damn which covers the trail. The beaver pond is about 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile long, and must be paddled, no going around it. It is a mess of hummocks and dead, fallen trees. The portage continues at the far north end, but you must paddle around the east side. The west side is a dead end. (It took an hour to figure this out) The last 120 rods or so is overgrown, brush, and buggy, but not TOO bad. We were greeted with high winds on Argo, which kept us in the SE corner of the lake. We trolled around for a couple of hours and caught 6 or so trout. Lots of smallmouth close to shore. We cooked a great shore lunch on the island just north of the 213 rod portage, and caught several more trout from shore.[paragraph break] [paragraph break] We had great walleye action on the Canadian side of Crooked trolling our way way back to camp. Little did we know the fishing on the Canadian side would only get better. Back at camp, we walked up on a turtle laying eggs in front of my hammock. This would continue for the rest of our stay. We also had an eagle follow us all the way from the Argo portage, and grabbed our fish guts from about 10 feet away. We would see him off and on for the rest of our stay on Crooked. We cooked one more meal of bacon wrapped walleyes for dinner, and spent the evening fishing from shore.[paragraph break]


Day 4 of 8

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Today seemed like a good day to explore Crooked a bit more, and we headed over to Saturday bay. Did well on walleyes all day, mostly trolling. My #7 Perch Taildancer was once again proving to be the hot lure. We had a shore lunch on a cool little pine island in the central area of the bay. It was all pine with a duff floor and no underbrush. It was a great place to get out of the sun for a while. We spent the rest of the day poking around the islands between Friday and Saturday Bays on the Canadian side. A great day of exploring! [paragraph break] [paragraph break]


Day 5 of 8

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Up at 5:30 and off to Argo again. After catching 8 walleyes over 20" on the way to the portage, we had to stop fishing and get moving. Insane morning for walleyes! We were blessed with glass calm water on Argo, along with hungry trout and smallies. We caught trout on everything we tried. Tail Dancers, Hot-n-Tots, spoons, and Shad Raps. When one of us would get a trout on, the other would reel in and start casting jigs for small mouth, catching 2 or 3 by the time the trout was in. Just a fantastic day of fishing. We baked trout again at the campsite on the north end by the portage to Darky, then headed back to Crooked.[paragraph break]  


Day 6 of 8

Thursday, June 18, 2015 Woke up early with plans to fish walleyes on the Canadian side of Crooked again, but the 15-20 mph winds kept us on shore. After cooking breakfast and debating what to do for the day, we decided that the wind would allow us to head out a day early through Friday bay at a more leisurely pace than planned. We packed up and hit the water in the wind at about 10:00, and made a bee-line for Friday bay. Traveled through Papoose, Chippewa, Niki, and Wagosh lakes before stopping for lunch at the lone campsite at about 3:00. After getting well fed and rested, we opted to continue on and take the mile portage to Gun to look for a better campsite. Finding no sites on Gun, we continued on to the east site on Fairy. It was a gorgeous site, but we only had enough energy left to cook up some dehydrated chili, make camp, and watch bobbers.[paragraph break]


Day 7 of 8

Friday, June 19, 2015 We broke camp in the morning to try to get a campsite closer to Mudro for our exit on Saturday. All sites were taken on Boot, and we only found one very abused site on Fourtown that would have to do for the night. It was the one on the east side of the lake that a short portage to Horse goes directly through. It was very strange, but somewhat entertaining, watching people portage 20 feet from our fire trying hard to ignore us. We had an older gentleman wander over to the fire to accept a cup of coffee, followed by his two sons. We spent a couple of hours chatting by the fire, and it turned out that we had mutual friends. I think they were just trying to get away from their 9 girls spread among 2 sites for a while! In any case, it was a pleasant reintroduction to civilization. We spent the evening fishing the pond between Fourtown and Horse, and finished off the evening with a dinner of Mojakka and bannock. Possibly the last of the wine, too.[paragraph break][paragraph break]


Day 8 of 8

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lots of rain and T-storms overnight. Packed up everything wet, and back to civilization. Until next time...


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