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Crooked Loop
by Wables

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/13/2015
Entry & Exit Point: Mudro Lake (EP 23)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Dave and I had been planning on a trip since the summer of 2014. We debated both BWCA and Quetico, and decided to get the permits and licenses required to do a hybrid trip - stay in the BWCA and fish on both sides of the border. I am not sure if I would do it again this way, but it was the cheapest way for us to hit our destination lake - Argo!
Day 1 of 8
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dave and I left Duluth at 5:00 headed for Ely. We got held up outside of Duluth due to a forgotten camera, and in Two Harbors as the McDonald's there doesn't open until 6:00. We had picked up our permit on Friday at Frost River, so only needed a quick stop at TGO for leeches and we were feet wet by 8:30 at Mudro. I was quickly reminded why I would rather be in the Quetico...every portage looked like a yard sale until we got to Tin Can Mike. We leap frogged the portages with a nice couple from the twin cities all the way to LBF. I don't normally visit with other groups, but I think we were all glad to have just a bit of company. Horse River was a pretty neat paddle, but I wouldn't want to do it in dry weather. We took a rock to the bow about half way down that I am still repairing as I type this. We made LBF at 3:00, and took our time admiring the falls. We continued north on the river and took the site just east of Frolic Lake, north of the Pictographs. We were so impressed with the picto's, that we went back for another look after dinner. Beautiful travel day!

Mudro Lake, Sandpit Lake, Tin Can Mike Lake, Horse Lake, Crooked Lake