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Mudro - Jackfish Bay - Basswood River - Crooked - Gun - Mudro
by cyclones30

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/17/2014
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
We've been planning this trip for a while, it was the first ever for my wife of one month and first in 9 years (too long) for my brother, father, and myself. We rented MN II canoes and got food thru VNO, otherwise brought our own gear.
Day 1 of 7
Sunday, August 17, 2014  This is my first ever trip report, hopefully it goes well... After staying the night at the VNO bunkhouse (nice and convenient) we got a good breakfast at Brittons, and were packed and putting in at Mudro around 8am. We saw a moose in the road on our drive up! First ever for 3 of us. Our goal was to make it at least into the no-motor section of Jackfish Bay for night one and see how things were going since the mile portage around the upper falls loomed.

Things went well for the first small lakes but the wind was getting stronger out of the NE which wasn’t good for Jackfish Bay. Dreading what we’d see when we got there, we were delighted to have a slight headwind but no huge rollers. We got lunch at a nice beach site and then started looking for a site for the night on the “whale island” but both were taken. We got one just to the NW and set up. We also noticed my dad (who always has his watch) forgot it so our only way to tell time were our 2 way radios with weatherband. Glad we had those, but it was also nice to not know what time it was :)

  Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Basswood Lake

Lakes Traveled:   Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Basswood Lake,