Explore the Boundary Waters Minnesota wilderness canoe area.
A boundary waters map and a canoe outfitters Boundary Waters guide service will help you have the Minnesota adventure of a lifetime.
The highlight of your visit to Minnesota could be your trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for camping, canoeing and "up close with nature" experiences.
Outdoor adventures just don't get any better than this.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness extends for nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary with Canada's Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park.
Visitors come to canoe, portage and camp in the freedom and spirit of the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago.
The Boundary Waters area includes more than a million acres featuring over 1200 canoe routes through over 1,000 portage-linked lakes and rivers and includes 16 hiking trails and at least 2,000 designated camping sites.
Book your trip as early as possible. There is a BWCA quota camping permit system. Only a designated number of permits are given out for each of the 84 entry points.
Designated campsites consist of a fire ring and a pit toilet. They are available on a first come first serve basis.
Portaging: You will carry your canoe and gear across the land to get it to another river or lake. Portages vary in difficulty. Some are long but fairly easy. Others can be short yet treacherous. Most are moderately easy to accomplish.
The closest airport to the BWCA is in Duluth, MN.
You can find many BWCA outfitters and guide services. Most of them are based in, or around, Ely, Minnesota.
The Wilderness Ethic: Leave No Trace
Minimize your impact when visiting the Boundry Waters. Minnesota and federal agencies have adopted these core pinciples for BWCA visitors:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Dispose of Waste Properly
Leave What You Find
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this beautiful Boundary Waters Minnesota video must be worth at least ten thousand!