BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
July 11 2020
Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1166 feet
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 Loop
June 03, 2019
Mudro Lake (restricted--no camping on Horse Lake)
Number of Days:
Some campers on their way out said a few males they caught were still in spawn mode. This is the reason why I believe I didnt have much success down into the big bays. I figured the male walleyes were still sitting near the river, but they'll slowly start to transition into their summer spots. No females to find anywhere for me, must have still been in their post spawn funk. All fish were caught on an 1/8 oz jig and leech. I didnt bother travel trolling cranks or anything, just wanted to get from point A to point B without the hassle of snags and such. Some of the fish were as fat as I've ever seen. Stomachs plum full of these 3-4 inch silver shad.
Paddling out through Gun/Boot were nothing short of awful. Not much wind at all the entire week until the day I had to leave. I woke up very early in the AM to try to beat the wind, but there wasnt such a thing. Stiff winds blowing straight into my face all day through Crooked at the other 6 lakes to get back to Mudro. That mile long Wagoosh portage is something else too... woof. I don't think I'll ever attempt that one again alone, but have already begun to plan a trip back with a few friends.