Dispersed Camping includes
backcountry campsites and dispersed camping.
Backcountry campsites are
single isolated campsites that usually
require boating or hiking to reach. They
have a cleared area for a tent, a campfire
ring or grate, and often a picnic table.
They also have a wilderness latrine, which
is an open pit toilet (no outhouse
Camping within the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area is only allowed
at designated campsites. All active
designated campsites will have a fire grate
and a latrine.
camp up to fourteen (14) consecutive
days on a specific site.
members of a permit group must camp
together at one site.
permit groups may not camp together.
of nine people and four watercraft are
break camp check to make sure everything
is packed up and your campsite is clear
Reservations are not required for
campsites within the BWCA. You are
required to have an overnight
If your idea of camping is
literally off the beaten trail, most of the
Superior National Forest outside of the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is
open for dispersed tent camping. This is
camping outside of designated sites - just
you and the woods without latrines, fire
rings, or any additions. Unlike National
Parks, you do not need a backcountry permit
for camping outside of designated sites in
the National Forest. You do, however, need a
large dose of common sense and Leave No
Trace ethics. Dispersed camping is not
allowed within the Boundary Waters Canoe
- You may not create a
dispersed campsite within a developed
- Be aware of fire
restrictions that apply to campfires
outside of developed campsites. In dry
conditions, campfires may be banned in
the general forest, but still allowed in
- Parking motor
vehicles or trailers is not allowed
except at areas developed for that
- You may not construct
any “improvements” at your camp or cut
live trees. Disperse all signs of a
campfire if you use one, or use a camp
- You may not leave
your camping equipment unattended for
more than 24 hours.
- You may not occupy a
site for more than 14 days.
- You may not set up a
dispersed campsite on a road, or on a