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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness




Location: Minnesota   Map

Area: 1,090,000 acres (4,410 km²)

Info: (800) 777 7281

(218) 626 4300




Description of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Fees and permits
Camping permits and fees (both U.S. and Canadian trips): camping permits, which control your entry date and location must be reserved for your party. The Forest Service fee for each permit issued is $12. You will also be required to pay a USFS User Fee of $16 per adult and $5 per youth per trip. Plan as much in advance as possible as the number of entries is restricted. Canada requires a Remote Area Border Crossing form to be applied for before you go. The cost is 30 Canadian dollars per application. It takes about a month to get it, so make sure you plan accordingly. The permit is good for 1 year.


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies southeast of Voyageurs National Park in the state of Minnesota, USA. Covering an area of over one million acres, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies on the US- Canadian border. Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park lies on the other side of the border. Visitors come here for fishing, canoeing and camping. With over 1200 miles of canoe routes and more than 2000 lakes it has a lot to offer. Crappie, sunfish, catfish, small mouth bass, large mouth bass, lake trout, northern pike and many other species of fish live in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A permit for fishing and camping on thousands of sites in this wilderness is required. It can be baught in any local shop or on a gas station.




Unreserved campsites are available on most lakes in the BWCAW and are usually marked on area maps. They are generally close to the lakes (right on the shore) and provide a convenient place to store your canoes overnight. Rudimentary toilet facilities are usually located a short distance from the campsites and are generally marked by a path. There is a maximum size of groups in the Boundary Waters of 9 and no more that 4 watercraft.





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