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June 13 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.

Ella Hall through Fall lake entry point 24

by Scottdub3
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 12, 2023
Entry Point: Fall Lake
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Great fishing-tough portage and lots of bugs

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Mainly a fishing trip, so we had fishing gear along with camping gear. Entry at fall lake was beautiful and we portaged from fall up to Ella Hall, about 2 miles. Brutal portage. We did not have wheels and the area where the beaver has built a dam is not walkable. We had to get in canoes and paddle. About a 1 hour 45 min portage. Once on Ella hall the the two closest campsites were not there. On the map, these are the ones at the back of the first cove to the left of the entry and the one on the point directly across from the entry. So there are 3 campsites out there. They were all used and we were demoralized that we would be portaging back out to go back to fall. One group was packing up and we asked if they were leaving and luckily they were. We were able to set up camp and get on the water. Fishing was excellent. Lots of good smallmouth and large mouth. Mostly caught on worms rigged wacky style, Ned rigs and top water Not many northerns, thank goodness! We were able to have a campfire although the fire band started on the day we left. We kept mosquito nets on the entire time around camp. When the wind wasn’t blowing, the mosquitos were annoying but the fishing made the trip worth it. Caught over 100 total fish in the three days with MANY good ones.     

 


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