Do you need a permit to go into the BWCA?
BWCAW Permits A permit is always required to enter the BWCA Wilderness: Visitors taking an overnight trip (paddle, motor, or hiking) or a motorized day trip into the BWCAW from May 1 – September 30 are required to obtain a quota permit. For information about reserving quota permits, please visit recreation.gov.
What is a BWCA permit?
A BWCAW permit allows a group of up to 9 people and 4 watercraft to enter the wilderness.
How much does a BWCA permit cost?
Fees for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – BWCAW Permits: Adult per trip fee: $16. Youth per trip fee: $8. Adult Seasonal Fee Card: $64.
How do I book a BWCA permit?
General Permit Reservations You can contact an outfitter now who can not only help you plan and outfit a trip but also to book your permit for you. Permits are also available directly at Recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777.
How do I plan a trip to BWCA?
Advice and Tips for Planning Your Boundary Waters Canoe Trip
- Pick a window of time. When you have flexibility on your entry date, you may have more options for your route since entry permits are allotted by specific entry date.
- Complete Outfitting Package.
- Individual Canoe Rentals and Camping Equipment Rentals.
How many BWCA permits are there?
Nearly 166,000 people visited the BWCA in 2020, a 16 percent jump from the previous year and the most in at least a decade, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The number of permits issued jumped from around 25,000 to more than 30,000.
Can I cancel BWCA permit?
CANCELLING A PERMIT You can cancel your reservation online. The use fee deposit will be refunded IF a reservation is cancelled two or more days prior to the entry date. If the reservation is not cancelled in time, or the permit is not used, the deposit is not refunded.
How do you get to the BWCA?
The most common way to get around the BWCA is by non-motorized boat like a canoe or a kayak. Hence the “C” in BWCA. There are also areas that are accessible by hiking, but most visitors plan to get around via boat. You can visit the BWCA year round, but the area receives the most visitors in the summer months.
How do you get to Johnson falls BWCA?
From Canoe Lake you can leave your canoe at the portage landing to Pine Lake and walk to the falls from there. It is a steep climb and gradual drop over the course of almost a mile to get into Pine and from the portage landing on Pine there is a spur trail that connects over to the trail to the falls.
Are BWCA permits refundable?
Can you swim in the Boundary Waters?
With the hot temperatures and long sunny days the water is perfect for swimming. Many of our campers enjoy swimming from their campsite or from island to island. There is something magical and mysterious about swimming in a wilderness lake.
Where are the waterfalls in the Boundary Waters?
Both routes cover five beautiful waterfalls: from Rebecca, Curtain, Lower & Upper Basswood Falls on the International Border during the Boundary Waters route, to Louisa, Kennebas, Canyon, and Koko Falls in the Quetico.
Do I need a permit to enter the BWCAW?
Self Issued permits are required for non-motorized day use visitors year-round and for all overnight visitors entering the BWCAW from October 1 – April 30. Self Issued permits are also required for Day Use Motor visitors from October 1 – April 30.
Do I need a permit to camp at the Boundary Waters?
Your banner could be here! Permits are required year-round for all day and overnight visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Permits do not reserve a campsite, but rather grant access to a particular entry point.
Do you need a BWCA quota permit for 2022?
But from May 1 through September 30, 2022, everyone taking an overnight camping, hiking or canoe trip of any kind needs to have a quota permit. This year, it’s more important than ever that you plan your BWCA trip early.
What is a quota permit for Boundary Waters?
Quota permits are in place during the most popular times to enter the Boundary Waters (from May 1 to September 30) because it limits the number of people entering each location, prevents overcrowding and preserves the wilderness experience for all visitors. What if I’m just going in for a day paddle and don’t plan on camping overnight?