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BEPCO Trip 2010

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/09/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
Trip - 2010 has been in preparation since the summer of 2009. This will be my 11th trip to the BWCA. We decided to go the first week of August 2010 (being on the water 9 - 13 Aug) Mudro seems to be a popular entry point, which we have used twice in prior trips.
Day 1 of 5
Monday, August 09, 2010 After a nice breakfast (0600) we loaded up our boats and gear at the outfitter (Canadian Waters) owned and operated by Dan Waters. The drive from Ely to entry point 23 was about 30 - 40 minutes. The weather was clear (no rain) with a few clouds to protect us from the sun. After placing on some sun screen, we were on the water at 0920. Our Primary camp site we were hoping for (which we did get) was on the East side of Fourtown Lake near the portage to Horse Lake. This site has numerous tall pine trees to set up a nice large tarp as rain was in the forcast almost every day. (Well the rain did not come during the day anyway). We made it to the campsite in 4 1/2 hours. It took a while because we always pack too much. Our longest portage was 141 rods. Then there were only three others the longest being about 40 rods. We did not catch any fish worth keeping the first day. That night, only Derrick (my son) and I stayed up and watched the sky for satelights and shooting stars. We did not know it but there was a meteor show that week, we saw some amazing streaks across the night sky.