Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Permits

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BWCAW quota permits, for all entry points, are available for reservation on the last Wednesday of January at 9:00 a.m. CT and are first come, first served.

Quota permits are required for overnight paddles, motor or hiking trips, and motorized day trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) from May 1st to September 30th. Group leaders and alternates need a valid email address and account to researve a permit.

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.

Get ready for your upcoming trip with these helpful BWCAW resources ...

BWCAW Resources
  1. Permit Reservations (
  2. Rules (USDA)
  3. Trip Planning Guide (USDA)
  4. Route Planner (
  5. Forum (
  6. Friends of the BWW (
  7. Outdoor Recreation Map (MNDNR)
  8. LakeFinder (MNDNR)
  9. Superior National Forest (USDA)
  10. Leave No Trace (
Important Dates
  • Quota Season: 5/1 - 9/30
  • Non-Quota Season: 10/1 - 4/30

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