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h20man
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09/22/2022 01:07PM  
We are looking at a trip up to Crooked from Mudro the first week of October. Any information on the Horse River conditions (low or high water or portage issues ) would be appreciated.

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bombinbrian
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09/25/2022 07:54PM  
Was there last Sunday. It's low, real low. There's at least one extra portage and many get out and walk situations.
h20man
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09/26/2022 09:00AM  
Bombinbrian

Thanks for the reply. How long do you estimate it took to get from Horse lake through the Horse River?
bombinbrian
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09/26/2022 07:22PM  
It took us 5-5 1/2 hours from entry to LBWF, single portaging
h20man
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09/27/2022 05:56PM  
We’re you able to walk the canoe with a rope or did you need to wet foot it in the river?
Banksiana
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09/28/2022 10:20AM  
The Horse holds enough water to be navigable in most conditions. There are a fair amount of well hidden random rocks and rocky areas that require a portage or lift over or some combination to get around. The section from the last portage on the Horse to the Basswood river can be very difficult in low water, mucky, thick and slow, difficult if the boat lacks enough water to float.
h20man
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09/28/2022 01:33PM  
Thank you both for the information. I usually do not take rubber muck boots on my trips. I have water proof 9”boots. Normally that works out great but if I know I will be wading in water and muck I will bring the boots.
bombinbrian
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09/28/2022 03:19PM  
We walked everything through. Some of the spots I got water to my knees. Rocks are slippery
h20man
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09/28/2022 07:18PM  
Bombinbrian

Thanks for the info. We will be heading in on Friday.
 
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