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BWCAW Entry Point and Permit Information

Permits are required year-round for all day and overnight visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Overnight permits are issued on a quota system which regulates how many groups can begin a trip at each entry point, each day. Reservations are recommended and can only be made for a quota permit. Day use permits are self-issuing and may be picked up at a Forest Service Ranger Station. Groups may only enter the BWCAW on the permit entry date and through the entry point specified. Quota permits can only be issued by Forest Service issuing stations or by designated Cooperator issuing stations and may only be picked up the day before, or the day of, entry. Permits are not transferable. Start your process by selecting an entry point on the map.

For more information and to reserve a permit on-line go to bwcaw.org.

> Online BWCAW Entry Point Permit Reservations & Park Information
> BWCAW Entry PointPermit Application [PDF]
> Border Crossing from Canada into the BWCAW


COOK AREA—LaCROIX RANGER DISTRICT: Back to Top

#1 Trout Lake
Access is through Lake Vermilion (very large lake) with either a 60-rod canoe portage or a 180-rod portage (this portage allows use of portage wheels) into Trout Lake. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
#8 Moose River—Restricted to travel north of the Echo Trail only.
Access is a canoe landing with three portages into Big Moose Lake. Limited trip options. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
#9 Little Indian Sioux River—Restricted to travel south of the Echo Trail only.
Access is from parking area. Difficult route. Storm impacted areas. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
#12 Little Vermilion Lake—Note: this is not the entry point for Trout Lake–use EP#1.
Access is through Crane Lake. Trip options for paddlers with additional portages. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020. Access route to Quetico Provincial Park.

#12A Lac la Croix only—from Little Vermilion Lake–Restricted Permit*
Access is through Crane Lake. *Must camp all nights on Lac la Croix. Day trips to other lakes are permitted. Very difficult to reach Lac la Croix by paddle in one day. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
Access route to Quetico Provincial Park.
#14 Little Indian Sioux River—Restricted to travel north of the Echo Trail only.
Access is from parking area with a 40-rod portage to the river. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
#16 Moose/Portage River—Restricted to travel north of the Echo Trail only.
Access is from parking area with a 160-rod portage to the Moose River. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the LaCroix Ranger Station in Cook at 218-666-0020.
#71 From Canada
Trips that originate in Canada and then enter the BWCAW use entry permit #71 (see Border crossing from Canada into the BWCA). Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW, pass into Canada and then return to the BWCAW do not require Permit #71. Reentry into the BWCAW is covered by the permit for their original point of entry.

Lac la Croix Ranger Station–Canadian Customs

Access to Quetico Provincial Park. Canoeists entering Quetico from the United States need a Quetico permit and a Canadian Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (CANPASS/RABC). It is advised to apply for the RABC by mail at least 3-4 weeks before your trip to avoid processing delays at the border. Learn more at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html#c01.
Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW and enter Quetico require a BWCAW permit in addition to the Quetico permit and the RABC.
ELY AREA—KAWISHIWI RANGER DISTRICT: Back to Top
#4 Crab Lake and Cummings Lake
Access is 4 miles across Burntside Lake boat landing with a 360-rod portage to Crab Lake. Several trip options with additional portaging. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#6 Slim Lake
Access is a 90-rod portage to Slim Lake. Portages to three additional lakes. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#7 From Big Lake (to LaPond Lake)
Access is through Big Lake with a 160-rod portage into LaPond Lake. Limited trip options. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#19 Stuart River
Access is a 480-rod portage to the Stuart River. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#20 Angleworm Lake
Access Angleworm Lake with a 640-rod portage. Some trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#22 Mudro Lake—Restricted Permit*
Access is one of three portage options into Mudro Lake ranging from 20 to 185 rods. Many trip options from Mudro with additional portages. *Restriction does not allow camping on Horse Lake. This permit is best used for those headed to Basswood Lake. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#23 Mudro Lake
Access is one of three portage route options into Mudro Lake ranging from 20 to 185 rods. Many trip options with additional portages. Use this permit if headed to Horse Lake. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#24 Fall Lake
Access is from parking area. Many trip options for paddlers including portage routes into Basswood Lake. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#25 Moose Lake
Access is from parking area. Many trip options for paddlers including a 20-rod portage route into Basswood Lake. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600. Access route to Quetico Provincial Park.
#26 Wood Lake
Access to Wood Lake is a 180-rod portage. Several trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#27 Snowbank Lake
Access options include boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake. Many trip options for paddlers. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#28 Snowbank Lake only—Restricted Permit*
Access options include boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake.*Must camp all nights on Snowbank Lake. Day trips to other lakes are permitted. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#29 North Kawishiwi River
Access the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake utilizing two portages. Several trip options available with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#30 Lake One
Access is a canoe landing at Lake One. Many trip options available with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.

#30F Lake One Restricted
Restrictions: This is a new, temporary entry point for Lake One. Entry point 30F will include restrictions for no camping on Lakes One, Two, Three, Four or Hudson. This entry point will be eliminated when the quota for entry point 30 is restored to original numbers following Pagami Creek Fire restorations. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.


#31 Farm Lake
Access is a boat landing on Farm Lake with access to South Farm. Paddlers access North Kawishiwi from Farm Lake. Some trip options available for paddlers with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#32 South Kawishiwi River
Access is a 140-rod portage to the river. Some trip options available with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#33 Little Gabbro Lake
Access is a 200-rod portage from the parking lot to Little Gabbro Lake. Several trip options available with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#77 South Hegman Lake
Access is an 80-rod portage to South Hegman. Trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely at 218-365-7600.
#71 From Canada
Trips that originate in Canada and then enter the BWCAW use entry permit #71 (see Border crossing from Canada into the BWCA). Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW, pass into Canada and then return to the BWCAW do not require Permit #71. Reentry into the BWCAW is covered by the permit for their original point of entry.
Prairie Portage Ranger Station–Canadian Customs
Access to Quetico Provincial Park. Canoeists entering Quetico from the United States need a Quetico permit and a Canadian Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (CANPASS/RABC). It is advised to apply for the RABC by mail at least 3-4 weeks before your trip to avoid processing delays at the border. Learn more at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html#c01.
Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW and enter Quetico require a BWCAW permit in addition to the Quetico permit and the RABC.
ISABELLA AREA—FOREST SERVICE WORK STATION DISTRICT: Back to Top

#34 Island River
Restrictions: The quotas for overnight use at this entry point will remain at 0 until mid-May, but the area is open for day use.

#35 Isabella Lake
Restrictions: Access is a 35-rod portage, but there are some trip options with additional portages. The quota has been increased to two per day. For more information, please contact the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.

#36 Hog Creek
Access is a 15-rod portage to Hog Creek paddling the small creek to Perent Lake. For more information, please contact the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.
#67 Bog Lake
Restrictions: Access is a 232-rod portage into the lake, open for day use only since the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. Bog Lake has four campsites and does not provide access to other lakes. For more information, please contact the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.
#75 Little Isabella River
Restrictions: Little Isabella River is currently closed to all use because of trees across the portage and river. When trees have been cleared, the route will reopen for day use. Access is a 20-rod portage to the Little Isabella River. Several short portages before you reach the Isabella River. For more information, please contact the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.
#84 Snake River
Restrictions: Access is a 160-rod portage to the river and several short portages before reaching Bald Eagle Lake. The Snake River is open, but no travel is allowed east of Bald Eagle Lake on Isabella River until the route has been cleared. For more information, please contact the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.
TOFTE AREA—TOFTE RANGER DISTRICT: Back to Top
#37 Kawishiwi Lake
Access is a canoe landing at Kawishiwi Lake. Some trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060 or the Forest Service Work Station at 218-323-7722.
#38 Sawbill Lake
Access is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake. Several trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060.
#39 Baker Lake
Access is a boat landing at Baker Lake with a 10-rod portage into Peterson Lake to reach the first campsite. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060.
#40 Homer Lake
Access is a boat landing at Homer Lake. Some trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060.
#41 Brule Lake
Access is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Very large lake with many campsites. Several trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060.
#41A Brule Lake only—Restricted Permit*
Access is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Very large lake with many campsites. *Must camp all nights on Brule Lake. Day trips to other lakes are permitted. For more information, please contact the Tofte Ranger Station in Tofte at 218-663-8060.
GRAND MARAIS AREA—GUNFLINT RANGER DISTRICT: Back to Top
#43 Bower Trout Lake
Access is a 72-rod portage from small parking area into Bower Trout. Some trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#44 Ram Lake
Access is a 160-rod portage from the parking area. Some trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#45 Morgan Lake (no campsites on this lake)
Access is a 320-rod portage from parking area into Morgan with additional short portages into either Carl or Lux Lakes for campsites. Trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#47 Lizz and Swamp Lakes only—Note: for entry at Meeds Lake see Entry Point #48
Access through Poplar Lake with a 51-rod portage into Lizz Lake or a 100-rod portage into Swamp Lake. Many options for trips with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#48 Meeds Lake only—Note: for entry at Lizz and Swamp Lakes see Entry Point #47
Access through Poplar Lake with a 220-rod portage into Meeds Lake. Many options for trips with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#49 Skipper and Portage Lakes
Access through Poplar Lake with a 320-rod portage into Skipper Lake or through Iron Lake with a 32-rod and a 230-rod portage into Portage Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#50 Cross Bay Lake
Access is through the Cross River with a 50 and a 40-rod portage to Ham Lake and a 24-rod portage to Cross Bay Lake. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#51 Missing Link Lake
Access is a canoe landing at Round Lake with a 142-rod portage to Missing Link. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#52 Brant Lake
Access through Round Lake with an 85-rod and a 50-rod portages into Brant Lake. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#54 Seagull Lake
Access at Seagull Lake. Large lake with several campsites. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#54A Seagull Lake only—Restricted Permit*
Access at Seagull Lake. Large lake with several campsites. *Must camp all nights on Seagull. Day trips to other lakes are permitted. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#55 Saganaga Lake
Access through the Seagull River. Huge lake with many campsites. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750. Access route to Queitco Provincial Park.

#55A Saganaga Lake only—Restricted Permit*
Access through the Seagull River. Huge lake with many campsites. *Must camp all nights on Saganaga Lake. Day trips to other lakes are permitted. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750. Access route to Queitco Provincial Park.
#57 Magnetic Lake (and the Granite River)
Access through Gunflint Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#58 South Lake
Access is from Gunflint Lake (very large lake) with a 10 mile paddle and two short portages to South Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#60 Duncan Lake (access to Rose Lake)
Access through West Bearskin Lake with a 70-rod portage to Duncan Lake. Additional 80-rod portage (Stairway Portage) into Rose Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#61 Daniels Lake (access to Rose Lake)
Access through West Bearskin Lake with a 60-rod portage. Additional 465-rod portage (“Baby Grand Portage”) into Rose Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#62 Clearwater Lake
Access from parking lot. Large lake. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#64 East Bearskin Lake
Access from parking lot. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#66 Crocodile River
Access Crocodile Lake with a 20-rod portage. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#68 Pine Lake
Access through McFarland Lake with a 2-rod portage. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#69 John Lake
Access through Little John Lake with a 10-rod portage. Many trip options with additional portages. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.

#70 North Fowl Lake (border lake between United States and Canada)
Access through Little John and John Lakes. Three carries; 10-rod, 88-rod and a 160-rod portage into North Fowl Lake. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#80 Larch Creek
Access from the canoe landing at Larch Creek. For more information, please contact the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais at 218-387-1750.
#71 From Canada
Trips that originate in Canada and then enter the BWCAW use entry permit #71 (see Border crossing from Canada into the BWCA). Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW, pass into Canada and then return to the BWCAW do not require Permit #71. Reentry into the BWCAW is covered by the permit for their original point of entry.

Cache Bay Ranger Station–Canadian Customs

Access to Quetico Provincial Park. Canoeists entering Quetico from the United States need a Quetico permit and a Canadian Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (CANPASS/RABC). It is advised to apply for the RABC by mail at least 3-4 weeks before your trip to avoid processing delays at the border. Learn more at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/canpass/rabc-pfre/menu-eng.html#c01.
Note: Trips that originate in the BWCAW and enter Quetico require a BWCAW permit in addition to the Quetico permit and the RABC.
BORDER CROSSING FROM CANADA INTO THE UNITED STATES: Back to Top

If you are crossing the border from Canada into the BWCAW under permit entry #71 (From Canada), you are required to report to a U.S. Customs Border Protection officer for inspection upon completion of your trip. You can report to the Grand Portage port of entry or inspection locations in Grand Marais, Crane Lake and Ely. To learn more, call Customs directly at 218-475-2244.

Prior to June 1, 2009 U.S. and Canadian citizens 19 years and older must present a government-issued photo ID as proof of identity, along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate, or a passport. Children age 18 and under will be able to enter with proof of citizenship only. Beginning June 1, 2009 U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry must have a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document. Visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for more information.






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