BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
October 24 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.
Crooked Lake - Found A Necklace
September 30, 2021
Number of Days:
We launched at Mudro and took Sandpit into Basswood and paddled seemingly forever before taking the Basswood Falls portages down to Lower Basswood falls and ultimately Crooked. We originally took this route because the Horse river was too low, but looking forward I think this is the only way to go into Crooked as long as there isn't a strong south or east wind. There is extra paddling, but the shorter portages pay dividends when you're packing a lot of weight it.
The weather was a little wet and cloudy, but the winds were low which helped with navigating. Per usual the fishing was superb and we only saw 2 other paddlers on our 3 full days on the lake.
Anyways - as the title states we found a necklace on one of the campsites at Crooked and I wanted to take a shot in the dark to see if anyone lost the necklace. I can mail it to you if you provide me a brief description of the necklace and tell me what campsite you might have lost it at. It doesn't look expensive, but maybe it has sentimental value?