BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
May 17 2021
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.
Bummer in the BW
June 19, 2019
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I had a 5 day camping/fishing trip planned but had to leave 2 days in. I cut my hand pretty bad with an axe. It was my fault and I wasn’t careful as I should have been. It was pretty deep and required medical attention right away. I didn’t bring a first aid kit which I regret. My buddy wrapped it with cloth to stop the bleeding. My muscle was showing due to how deep wound was but was able to stop the bleeding with a tight wrapped cloth. Unfortunately, the accident happened at about 6 pm so I had no choice but to wait over night until daylight. My hand was useless but we still had to portage out a few miles in which 2 portages were to be done. I had no choice but to carry canoe over head with one good hand. Plus all my gear. It was challenging but after 6 hrs I made it back. I’ll definitely bring a first aid kit on my next trip.