Boundary Waters: Mudro Lake to Horse Lake

Paddle past wooded islands while perfecting your loon call on this 13.6-mile weekend trip across four lakes to an isolated campsite.
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Paddle past wooded islands while perfecting your loon call on this 13.6-mile weekend trip across four lakes to an isolated campsite.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.0

Waypoints

HLP001

Location: 48.0332717895508, -91.8363800048828

Head E from BWCA Entry Point #23 and portage along a marshy stream; put in @ W end of star shaped Mudro Lake

HLP002

Location: 48.0367088317871, -91.8042373657226

Tackle a .25--mile portage over fairly steep and rocky terrain

HLP003

Location: 48.0375289916992, -91.7991104125976

Navigate Sandpit Lake; steep hills frame S shore

HLP004

Location: 48.0412101745606, -91.7815170288086

Begin a fl at, relatively easy .5-mile portage to Tin Can Mike Lake

HLP005

Location: 48.0456504821777, -91.7771987915039

Paddle N; loons call across Tin Can Mike Lake; conifers circle lake

HLP006

Location: 48.0582389831543, -91.7694396972656

Approximate .25-mile portage to Horse Lake on well-traveled path

HLP007

Location: 48.0617790222168, -91.7666473388672

Winds are often blowing on Horse Lake; dig in

HLP008

Location: 48.0666389465332, -91.7625274658203

Continue N; campsite on W shore

HLP009

Location: 48.0787506103516, -91.7574462890625

Campsite on tiny isle near tumbling Horse River. Side trip: Explore river where anglers and bald eagles find fish; pass through several cascades to Basswood Falls

HLP010

Location: 48.0918006896973, -91.7563781738281

Best camp is on this small island. No bears are likely to roam into the pine-sheltered camp, but hang your food anyway. Get permit @ Kawishiwi Wilderness Station in Ely

HLP011

Location: 48.0915985107422, -91.7531585693359

Day trip: Paddle to main shore for short hike up 100-ft. bluffs overlooking wooded shores of Horse Lake

Horse Lake Campsire

Location: 48.0915794372559, -91.7564392089844

View S on Horse Lake from campsite. ©Steffan Fay

Hose Lake Vista

Location: 48.0917663574219, -91.753044128418

View of the campsite island from bluff on E shore of Horse Lake. ©Steffan Fay