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.
Camping 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.