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Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Camping

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 an 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 allowed.

You may camp only at Forest Service designated campsites that have steel fire grates and wilderness latrines.


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