BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

March 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

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

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by Hawk777
Trip Report

Entry Date: July 12, 2017
Entry Point: Fall Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Excited to get going and take in all the beauty.

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Hey folks! I wanted to share my BWCA experience(s). So it's been many many years since my last BWCA trip before recent, and I've seen a few changes since then and I'll get to that in a moment. But first, I took along a friend who experienced the BWCA for the first time. We entered on Fall Lake July 12th. It was raining and windy which made it difficult to stay positive as we unloaded gear and set out. Come to realize, my friend had brought way too much gear. Being this was my 4th time in the BWCA, I should've known to relay such information about gear capacity beforehand. Luckily, we had a raft for the extra gear. As we set out it was difficult to get going on the lake due to the rain and wind in which it threw our timing off to the campsite area we were going. We made it to camp and waited out the rain. The rain didn't stop until the next evening. About 24 hrs later. Anyway, I noticed a few changes while in the BWCA. One is that it seems the fire grates over the fire pits are a lot lower than I remember. Which made it super difficult to keep a fire going. A fire AT THAT if the wood is wet. We failed to bring a camp stove for backup. So once we were able to get a fire going, it was extremely difficult to keep it going due to fire grates level over the pit. You really have to keep feeding it continuously just to keep a small fire going. I'm guessing the BWCA decided to do this to keep fires small. Understandable. But at the same time, it's hard to keep a good fire. Second is they no longer allow biodegradable soap. No big deal. Back to our gear and watercrafts. As I mentioned our gear weight was too much which resulted in us using a raft. So if anyone on Fall lake or in and around the Pipestone Bay Area seen a canoe towing a raft full of gear, that was us. Haha. I will definitely know for next trip.

To add, in no way am I complaining about the changes I've seemed to notice. I enjoy the BWCA and I'll always return. I just know that I'll be smarter about gear amount and back up cooking supplies for next time. I'd like to take a second trip up this summer, but I may have to wait until next year. Cheers and good camping folks!

 


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