BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

December 16 2019

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.

Kids canoe

by WenSheff7
Trip Report

Entry Date: August 06, 2019
Entry Point: Mudro Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 5

Trip Introduction:
Easy trip turned challenging

Report


There where 5 in our group on this trip. We planned for a 4 day/3 night trip. It was my other halfs 9th trip, our 2 girls (age 11 & 12) and my 2nd trip and my son ( age 10) 1st trip. We have 2 more at home that will join us next year when they are 9. Any ways, we planned to camp at Horse lake and day trip to lower bass wood falls to see the falls and the pictographs. In addition, the girls wanted to man their canoe with their gear alone this year. We each had our own packs, a food barrel and a fishing pack..in addition we had a 2 person and a 3 person kevlar canoes. We always pack our individual bags, then disburse the camping gear amongst everyone. We put in on at the parking lot where the 30 rd portage takes you to Mudro Lake. We put the 3 kids in the 3 seater with just their gear. My other half and I took the remaining gear and our packs in our canoe. Mudro was a nice easy lake to break the kids in on paddling and keeping up with us. Right behind us were 3 more groups also heading for Horse Lake. The first 3 portages I was able to portage the smaller canoe and my pack in one trip with my other half portaging his bag and the larger canoe. The kids handled the rest of the gear. I had to double portage for the food barrel. Not an ounce of arguing or belly aching from the kids yet! They met the challenge head on the whole trip! We made it to Horse only to find the lake had no empty camp sites. So we took a short break and continued on up Horse river to find a site at lower basswood falls. We came across 3 carry over spots and 3 portages on the river. We made it to the falls only to find out there where no open sites....again. we paddled to the NE of the falls, still no sites. We paddled half way to Crooked Lake, still no sites. It was getting dark and the kids where getting tired and hungry. We ended up setting a small camp on the portage mouth of lower basswood. We got up the next morning to find another group had also set camp on the other side of the portage. We packed up and headed back down to Horse lake In Hope's that something opened up, but there where groups ahead of us on the river that made it there first and took the sites. (Lol, no luck for us). We came across 2 more groups with similar stories of not being able to find a campsite the night before and were forced to make camp in undesignated sites. We then decided to head over to Four Town lake. A few more portages and some additional carry overs and we found a site!! The kids where excited to be able to set camp for a couple nights. We took the 4th site to the North of the lake on the east side. We would have rated it 5 stars except the landing was rocky and the pit was quite exposed making fires difficult to start and maintain due to the wind. The next day the wind was up making white caps on the lake that would have been unsafe for the kiddos. So we explored the land and tried some shore fishing. The last day we set out down Four town to the last 4 portages. Not once did the kids complain or give up! In fact they are already talking about how to make the trip next year amazing for additional siblings!!

 


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