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Update: BWCAW permits become available Jan. 27: Here’s easy access

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DULUTH, MN-- For those interested in getting outdoors this season, don't forget to grab your permit to enter the BWCAW.

Luckily, permits become available Wednesday, Jan. 27, click here for your permit access.

Wilderness permits are required year-round to enter the BWCAW for day use and for overnight travel.

Quota permits are required to enter the BWCAW for overnight trips during the quota season, May 1 - September 30.

Quota permits are available for a fee, on a first-come, first-served basis at any wilderness permitting-office and may be reserved.

See below information for more details.


DULUTH, MN -- After last season's "unprecedented visitation" at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), the Superior National Forest made a few changes to who holds permits to the treasured lands.

For the 2021 season, the USDA Forest Service will offer a Leave No Trace (LNT) education program for issuing permits to visitors.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you can take the LNT in-person or virtually.

The BWCAW saw an unacceptably high amount of resource damage, including cutting of live trees, human waste not being properly disposed, trash left in campfire rings, disruptive and oversized groups, and campfires left unattended.

So, to ensure the new visitors understand and follow BWCAW regulations and Leave No Trace Principles, we have adopted new methods of delivering this information.

Permit process breakdown:

All permit holders are required to watch three LNT education videos and review the BWCAW Regulations and Rules prior to receiving permits.

Permit holders are required to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series prior to the final step to securing their permit.

BWCAW quota permit reservations for the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. January 27.

To book your reservations click here or call 1-877-444-6777.

For more information on permits click here.

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