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April 13 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

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


by hawleycanoeguy
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 30, 2017
Entry Point: Mudro Lake
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
This report details the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip I made with my dad from September 30th thru October 4th, 2017. We entered through the Mudro Entry Point, #23. We paddled from the EP through Horse Lake, Horse River to just above the Lower Basswood Falls on Day 1. With heavy rains falling right before we came, the rivers were roaring! We camped there for two nights with Canada just across the campsite. We explored my favorite BWCA spot, the Lower Basswood Falls, the Indian pictographs, found and investigated the old Ranger Cabin just below LBF, and fished Crooked Lake where we were able to snag some northerns. On Day 3, we ventured from LBF up the Basswood River through Wheelbarrow Falls and Upper Basswood falls, paddling around the one mile "Horse Portage" as we had an incredible adventure that particular day! I still can't believe we did dad is incredibly stubborn and confident in his ability to find ways NOT to take portages whenever possible! We camped two nights on Basswood Lake on an island nestled in Jackfish Bay. We had a layover day there as well, albeit a rainy, gloomy day. We listened to the Twins/Yankees Wild Card Playoff Game via a transistor radio. On Day 5, we padded against 20-30 MPH headwinds all morning and most of the afternoon on Jackfish Bay until we finally reached the Range River as we went out through Sandpit and Mudro. I've been on 12 BWCA trips, and I think this was the best one yet! If you haven't traveled the BWCA in the fall...or if you've never seen the falls on Basswood, you need to do this! I hope you enjoy the report!



Lakes Traveled:   Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Tin Can Mike Lake, Horse Lake, Crooked Lake, Basswood Lake,

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