Can I camp in the Boundary Waters?

BWCA Camping Unlike most areas, reservations are not needed for campsites within the Boundary Waters. Instead, you are only required an overnight entry permit (also known as a quota permit). All members of the permit group must camp together, and no more than nine people and three watercraft are allowed.

How much does it cost to camp in the Boundary Waters?

A $10.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each reserved permit. The BWCA camping fee is $16.00 per adult and $8.00 for youth under 18; this is a flat fee; not a per night or per day.

How long can you camp in the Boundary Waters?

You may camp up to fourteen (14) consecutive days on a specific site.

What is the largest number of people allowed per campsite in the Boundary Waters?

The maximum group size in the BWCA is nine people and four watercraft. You may not exceed either limit at any time or at any place in the BWCA, including portages, campsites, or waterways.

Can you drink the water in the Boundary Waters?

The chances of accidentally drinking water that will make you sick in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are very low. The basic rule of thumb is if it looks water you wouldn’t want to drink, don’t drink it. Bring the water to a rolling boil and sustain the boil for 1 minute.

Should I go to the Boundary Waters?

There is no “best” time to canoe the Boundary Waters. If you go in early May you may be the first human visitor many lakes and portages have seen in at least six months. If spring comes late you might experience iced over lakes even in the middle of May, and measurable snow is possible all month.

Do you need a permit for a day trip in the Boundary Waters?

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

Do cell phones work in the Boundary Waters?

Q: Will my cell phone work in the BWCA & Quetico? Do not count on your cell phone working while in the wilderness. Sometimes you can get lucky, but the best way is to have a satellite communication device with you. Call ahead to reserve.

What can’t you bring into the Boundary Waters?

CONTAINERS Cans and glass bottles are not allowed. Fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toilet articles, and items other than food and beverages may be kept in their original containers.

Are guns allowed in the BWCA?

Guns are allowed in the BWCA, but NOT needed.

Do you need a permit for Boundary Waters?

Is drinking lake water bad for you?

Never drink water from a natural source that you haven’t purified, even if the water looks clean. Water in a stream, river or lake may look clean, but it can still be filled with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can result in waterborne diseases, such as cryptosporidiosis or giardiasis.

What to do in Boundary Waters, MN?

Surrounded by the Superior National Forest with its abundant wildlife, numerous hiking trails and proximity to the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Big Lake Wilderness Lodge is the most remove drive-in lodge in northern Minnesota. Fishing, hiking, canoe trip adventures, and family-orient…

Where are the campsites in Boundary Waters Wilderness?

Canoe Country Outfitters Campground Located on Moose Lake, 20 miles east of Ely and gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). Tent sites include picnic tables, free firewood and use of showers.

Is there a Boundary Waters Lodge in Ely MN?

Our specialty lodge in Ely has boats, canoes, kayaks, and even fish finders available to our cabin guests. We have over 30 years of experience as a Boundary Waters Outfitting Service and plan everything from permits to pick up.

Which is the best resort in Boundary Waters?

Moose Track Adventures Resort, Boundary Waters Outfitter & Guide Service, is family operated and rated the best Resort and Guide Service around Ely and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Visitors come to Ely to enjoy fishing, swimming, relaxing, boating and making family memories.