Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness 


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.


Quota 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

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