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Boundary Waters Permit Reservations Available
March 4, 2019

Bournary Permits Available March 4, 2019   Lake Superior News

DULUTH, MINNESOTA  - March 1, 2019   (LSN)   Beginning Monday, March 4, 2019 at 9 am CST, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service will reopen the process to reserve Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness quota permits on 

The Superior National Forest has been working closely with the team to test the system and conduct training with cooperators to ensure the website is ready and functioning properly, as well as ensuring visitors will have a fair process and equitable access to apply for permits to the BWCAW. The Forest Service recognizes the world class recreation opportunities of the BWCAW and is confident that the reservation system will function correctly on March 4.

Quota permits for the BWCAW may be reserved through the season to September 30. Full details on the reservation process are located at

Permit & Season Information
Visitors taking an overnight paddle, motor or hiking trip, or a motorized day trip into the BWCAW from May 1 – September 30 are required to obtain a quota permit. Reservations are recommended since there are a limited number of quota permits available for each entry point.
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 available from kiosks at BWCAW entry points and Forest Service offices (no reservation required and no recreation fees).
Walk-up permits may be obtained at any permit issuing station on the entry date or one day prior when available. Reservations are recommended.
Learn more about reserving permits for a non-profit organization



Superior National Forest

Superior National Forest   Lake Superior News Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. The concept of "all lands" management maintains strong partnerships and collaboration across the landscape. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ice fishing.  Links to more recreational activities can be found on the left sidebar under Recreation




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