Late Fall EP23: Mudro-Horse-Fourtown
by HighnDry

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 10/11/2013
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
Overview: This trip was a last gasp of the summer canoe tripping through an entry point that I had never done. Mudro (EP23) was enticing for the opportunity to get into both Horse and Fourtown for late season/early fall fishing, pilot a “parallel solo” opportunity with a fellow paddler, as well as a chance to experience a couple of lakes without mosquitoes and hordes of other canoeists!
Day 1 of 4
Friday, October 11, 2013 Day 1: Left Twin Cities at 4AM to meet up with another BWCA forum solo who was looking for one more trip into the same lakes before the season closed out.
I arrived in Ely around 8:30 Friday morning and picked up a Le Tigre SR17 from the good folks at Voyageur North outfitters and headed up to the EP at Mudro.

Rolling into the parking lot I unloaded and trucked everything down the grassy banks passed a very low-flowing Picket Creek.
John, my parallel solo partner arrived shortly after me and we were soon floating down the creek, rock-dodging.


As the sunshine built over us, an eagle or two soared over us on the portage from Mudro to Sandpit. A good omen. With little wind we pushed on with easy paddling to find the well-disguised portage into Tin Can Mike,
another short paddle and the quick, easy portage (stepping over the wolf scat) into Horse. Now the wind was coming up. We set our strategy for campsites and pushed up the west shoreline of Horse passed the river entry to Fourtown portage. Although not thrilled with our options for campsites, we stayed at campsite 1117 on the west shore because the winds had picked up and crossing Horse to the two sites on the opposite shore next to the Horse River was now, not an option. The camp itself is okay with a lot of space at the top of gently sloping rock face.
The take out is a bit clumsy but if you paddle around to the backside of the site, the protected bay offers a couple of better options. Two tent pads are easily identifiable with a lower one on a grassy surface to the left of the fire pit and a second upper one situated on a half-dirt pack, half rock ledge but definitely pitch-able.
I nestled my solo into the trees behind the upper tent pad in a stand of trees an grass in between a root or two but very comfortable. Tarp pitched in there as well although a bit awkward and tight.
Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Tin Can Mike Lake, Horse Lake