Its Time to Plan Your Boundary Waters Trip

29 Jan

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Photo courtesy

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Photo courtesy


Permit reservations for the BWCAW are now open for 2016. Reserve your entry point permit early to get first choice on popular lakes and regions. Not sure where you want to paddle? We have everything you need to know to go from boundary waters newbie to in-the-know. Here are a few links to get you started:

Everything Boundary Waters

The Ultimate Boundary Waters Guide — Find Jump Off Points, Outfitters and more >

Packing for Your Canoe Trip >

The US Forest Service Official Trip Planning Guide >


About Permits:

bwcaw-sign-2015Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permits are now first-come, first-serve. The reservation system opened on January 27 meaning paddlers who plan ahead can secure their entry point and date. (The BWCAW is managed by the Superior National Forest. The Forest Service has required travel permits in the BWCAW since 1966.)

Any group taking an overnight paddle, motor or hiking trip, or a motorized day use trip into the BWCAW from May through September, is required to obtain a quota permit. Reservations are recommended since there are a limited number of quota permits available for each entry point.

Reservations are available online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Outfitters can also reserve permits on behalf of customers. Find an outfitter near your entry point using’s BWCAW Destination Guide.

Boundary Waters Entry Point Map

Boundary Waters Entry Point Map


Explore our interactive map and entry point directory to explore your options and pick a permit. There are 59 paddling entry points spread between CookEly,TofteIsabella, and Grand Marais, and 84 entry points total.



Comments are closed.