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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Canoeing in the Boundary Waters is one of Minnesota's most unique outdoor adventures / Peter de Sibour

Pushing the Boundaries

Accessible primarily by canoe, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeast Minnesota is one of America's most beautiful and remote places. Its vast wilderness extends 150 miles along the U.S.-Canada border, covering 19,000 acres with over 1,100 lakes and 1,500 miles of canoe routes, attracting more than 150,000 visitors annually. To truly understand this incredible destination, you have to come experience it for yourself. 

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Canoe fishing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness / Gary Hamer

Canoeing

Named one of the “50 Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler, the Boundary Waters is a paddler’s dream come true with more than 1,500 miles of canoe routes over 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams.

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Family camping in the Boundary Waters

Camping in the Boundary Waters is an annual tradition for countless families

Camping

With more than 2,000 designated campsites, 1,200 miles of canoe routes and 11 hiking trails, the hardest thing to decide when planning your camping trip to Boundary Waters will be where to go first.

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Moose standing by the road near Grand Marais

A moose stands by the road near Grand Marais / Jackie Scherer

Traveling the Gunflint Trail

Located in the northernmost reaches of Minnesota, getting to the Boundary Waters is part of the adventure. Heading north from Grand Marais, drive the secluded, 55-mile Gunflint Trail as it slowly meanders through the Superior National Forest on the way to your final destination.

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Two teams of dog sledders near Ely, Minnesota

Ely is Minnesota's dog sledding hub

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding the Boundary Waters offers a thrilling ride through a magical winter-white landscape filled with wildlife, stunning vistas, and a magical sense of peace and tranquility.

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The Grand Marais harbor as seen from Lake Superior

The Grand Marais harbor as seen from Lake Superior / Michael Harthan

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