Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW)
Rules & Regulations
Following the rules and regulations of the Boundary Waters helps insure a wilderness experience, keeps campsites available, and reduces the impact man has on the wilderness.
Do not throw fish remains or litter in the lakes. Bury fish remains 150 feet or more from waters edge. Litter should be taken back to the city with you and disposed of properly.
Use latrines at
designated campsites. Latrines are not garbage cans and should be used
for the intended purpose only. Personal waste items such as cigarettes, cotton
swabs, or plastic feminine products should always be packed out and should
never go into the latrines. If you're not near a latrine, dig a small
hole 6 to 8 inches deep at least 150 feet or more back from the water's edge.
When finished, fill hole and cover with needles and leaves.
Due to potential fire danger, fire restrictions may be in effect. Always check current conditions before your trip. Restrictions may ban campfires and may add further restrictions.
Camp stoves are recommend over campfires as they do not require fire wood, heat food faster, work better in wet weather, and are generally safer.
Fires are only allowed within the steel fire grates at designated campsites or as specifically approved on your visitor's permit.
If you build a campfire, use only dead wood found lying on the ground. Do not cut or break branches, or peel bark off standing trees. Paddle further down the lake from your campsite to gather dead and down wood. It is recommended to bring a small folding saw to cut wood from fallen trees.
Always keep water
near your campfire and drown the fire if you are going to leave it. Do
not leave it burning when you go to bed. Ashes should be cold to the
touch with a bare hand before leaving unattended.
Camp only at Forest
Service designated campsites that have steel fire grates and wilderness
latrines. You may camp up to 14 consecutive days at one site. Be
sure to make camp early enough in the day to be able to find an available
campsite. Keep the campsite clean and free from litter. Do not
build structures, cut live wood, carve names in trees, or write on the rocks.
Leave archaeological, historical, and rock painting sites undisturbed. The use of metal detectors is prohibited.