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June 25 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.

Timber Frear Loop outside of the BWCA

by LindenTree
Trip Report

Entry Date: May 28, 2019
Entry Point: Crab Lake and Cummings from Burntside Lake
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
My first ever trip report, lets see how this goes. I always wanted to canoe the Timber Frear Canoe Loop and finially succeded. With my dog at age 12, I figured this would be a perfect trip for her since she is having trouble with her hips. This loop was pretty much what I figured it would be since I used to work for the USFS out of Isabella and was familiar with their boat in campsites. I stayed on Elbow Lake (2nd on in from Whitefish Lake) for 2 nites. I had a 3.5 star site with BW looking ledge rock sloping toward the lake. I saw 3 other canoes the first nite (Tuesday) and didn't see another person for 1.5 days until I took out. All sites on Elbow Lake looked pretty nice. The lone site on Timber Lake also looked nice. I wasn't impressed with the sites on Frear Lake. I actually had two picnic tables on the site I stayed at. It was quiet and really nice. Over all it was a great tirp. All 6 sites I looked at were clean, I think I was the only person camping on Elbow Lake. (Didn't see anyone else, just through trippers). The three campsites on Whitefish Lake were empty as well. Would I do it again? Probabally, but I don't like going back to places I have been to in the past. It may be on my old age list since it is easy to get to and was quiet. Get there during the week, I have heard that it can get busy on the weekends. My campsite looked like it had not been used at all this year until I got there. There were also a couple of dispersed campsites that people had made. I'm not an authority on the Timber Frear Loop but I wold guess that dispersed camping is allowed. Even with the picnic tables on my site, I was glad to have my camp chair and small table. Mosquitoes were fine but balck flies were a pain, luckily with the amount of wood around and its moisture content it made perfect conditions for a smudge fire. The smudge/smoke kept the bugs well away from my campsite. The first two pics are of my campsite. The other one is of a portage complete with portage sign.

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I'll try to add some photos.

 


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