Established in 1978, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) has changed little since the glaciers melted. With over 1,500 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.
Unlike most areas, reservations are not
needed for campsites within the Boundary
Waters. Instead, you are only required
overnight entry permit (also known as a
quota permit). All members of the
permit group must camp together, and no more
than nine people and three watercraft are
You may camp only at Forest Service
designated campsites that have steel fire
grates and wilderness latrines.
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