Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Background
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.
It consists of approximately 1.3 million acres, it spans approximately 150 miles along the international border with Canada's Quetico Provincial Park. The BWCA offers more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 11 hiking trails and about 2,000 designated USFS campsites.
The geographic region was set aside in 1926 to preserve its primitive character and was made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964. Visitors can canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the french voyageurs of 200 years ago.
Note that any group desiring an overnight stay, motor or hiking trip, or a motorized day use trip into the BWCA from May 1st thru September 30 is required to obtain a permit. Reservations are really a good idea since there are a limited number of permits available for each entry point for each day. Self-issued permits are required year-round for all non-motorized day use visitors and for all overnight visitors entering the BWCAW between October 1st and April 30th.