Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

The Sundial PMA
by PaddleAway

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/26/2008
Entry Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Exit Point: Stuart River (EP 19)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 3
Day 2 of 8
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Woke up to frost on the life jackets & a temp of 25 degrees. After the “eyes” I was glad to wake up at all! A good travel day that warmed up into the low 60s. We broke camp & portaged into Boot, Fairy, & Gun, which had a nice little waterfall tumbling to the west of the portage. Met a gentleman soloing into Gull who I chatted with for a few minutes about the Beartrap River, which he’d canoed previously with his son. Portaging into Mudhole we were very, very, grateful for the high water; otherwise it would have been a long, muddy slog into canoeable water. We moved through Thunder & into Beartrap, where the single campsite was mercifully unoccupied. We fish a bit, caught a few pike, watched the immature bald eagles criss-crossing the sky, & had our only fire of the trip as the temp plummeted yet again. But we were set for our assault on the Beartrap River.