Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessSuperior National Forest
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808
Established in 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has changed little since the glaciers melted. With over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams waiting, the BWCAW draws thousands of visitors each year. The BWCAW is part of the Superior National Forest. Permits are required year-round for day and overnight visitors to the BWCAW. Make reservations or check permit availability 1-877- 444-6777.
Hours & DatesQuota permits are required to enter the BWCAW for overnight trips during the quota season, May 1 - September 30. Quota permits are available for a fee, on a first-come, first-served basis at any wilderness permitting-office.
Quota permits may be reserved, for an additional reservation fee, through www.recreation.gov.
- Open in fall
- Open in winter
- Open in summer
- Cross-country ski trail (groomed)
- Hiking trail
- Pets allowed in campsite
What a beautiful trip!!! Weather was wonderful! Water was pristine. Best of all it was extremely quiet. You could hear the flapping of birds flying over.
— LightPacker811616, September 12, 2022
A good friend and our two 13 year old boys ventured the Lily Lake Loop off of the Arrowhead Trail. This is a challenging, yet rewarding series of lakes and portages with stunning campsite locations...
— adrianbM5044UV, July 10, 2022
Great canoe camping area. No electricity or motorboats. Only canoes. Unspoiled,
Nice camp sites, primitive camping. Chain of lakes connected by portages. Need to be
In decent shape. All gear and...
— Wbuildjohn, October 6, 2019
Canoed and hiked the boundary waters area. Challenging and gorgeous hikes. Have never seen such clear, clean water, clean air, quiet and beautiful. Bugs were not near as bad as in June
— Christel H, August 12, 2019
Our 3rd trip to the BWCAW from Atlanta over the past 20 years was once again incredible!!! See pictures to tell the tale!
— 632billg, July 14, 2019