2011 BWCAW Entry
Permits Are Now Available!
Family Plan, Discounts, Campsites, Licenses, & Permits
Mom, Dad and 2 or more children under age 16,
deduct 10% from complete outfitting rates. No other discounts apply.
if your trip starts before May 21st or after September 10th
Overnight Big Lake Tent Sites:
You will begin your wilderness adventure from our base at Lodge of Whispering Pines on Big Lake. And, if you would prefer to spend your first or last night near the lodge, we have beautiful lakeside tent sites available. They are complete with drinking water, electricity, picnic table, and fire ring. Our overnight guests may use our indoor showers, rest rooms, and sauna facilities. Our sandy beach and playground are also yours to enjoy.
Big Lake Tent Site Rates:
$35.00 per night per two persons.
Applying for Boundary Waters Permits:
Forest Service is in charge of all permits for canoe trips on the U.S.
side of the border. There is a quota on the number of permits
available each day for each of the entry points on the U.S. side, and when
it has been filled, a different entry point must be selected.
"Fly-In --- Paddle Out" Packages Available - Ask for Details
BWCAW Rules and Regulations
must enter the BWCAW at the entry point and on the entry date shown on
your permit. You may not re-enter on a different date using the same
permit. Permit stubs become invalid when the group leader exits the
people and four (4) watercraft are the maximum allowed together in the
wilderness. You may not exceed the limit at any time or anywhere (on water,
portages, campsites) in the BWCAW. Smaller groups increase your wilderness
experience and decrease the impacts.
Toilet Facilities & Water Quality
latrines at designated campsites. Latrines are not garbage cans and should be
used for the intended purpose only. Personal waste items such as cigarettes,
cotton swabs, or plastic feminine products should always be packed out and
should never go into the latrines. If you're not near a latrine, dig a small
hole 6 to 8 inches deep at least 150-200 feet or more back from the water's
edge. When finished, fill hole and cover with needles and leaves. Bathe and wash
dishes at least 150-200 feet from lakes and streams. All soaps pollute water
including soaps labeled "biodegradable."
glass bottles are not allowed.Containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicines,
personal toilet articles, and other items that are not foods or beverages are
the only cans and bottles you may keep in their original containers.Food may be
packaged in plastic containers that must be packed out with you.
Food and Fish Remains
plan your meals so you don't have leftovers. If you do, pack them out.Dispose of
fish remains by traveling well away from campsites, trails, portages and
are allowed within the steel fire grates at designated campsites or as
specifically approved on your visitorís permit.Bringing a small camp stove may
be a better idea because it heats food more quickly, has less impact than a
fire, and comes in handy during rainy weather.Due to the potential fire danger,
fire restrictions may be put into effect. Check on current conditions just prior
to your trip. You may be required to use a camp stove if there is a campfire
restriction.If you build a fire, burn only small diameter dead wood found lying
on the ground. Do not burn trash.Collect firewood away from campsites by
paddling down the shore and walking into the woods where it is more
abundant.Wood easily broken by hand or cut with a small folding saw eliminates
the need for an axe.Drown your fire with water any time you are going to be away
from your camp or at bedtime. Stir the ashes until they are cold to the touch
with a bare hand.Transporting wood from out of state is prohibited.
members of a permit group must camp together.Camp only at Forest Service
designated campsites that have steel fire grates and wilderness latrines.Make
camp early in the day to ensure finding an available campsite.It is illegal to
cut live vegetation for any reason.You may camp up to fourteen (14) consecutive
days on a specific site.
watercraft and equipment used in connection with your current visit may be
stored and left unattended.All equipment and personal property must be carried
out with you at the end of each trip.
archaeological, historical, and rock painting sites undisturbed.
Firearms & Fireworks
a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a campsite, or occupied area, or in
any manner or location that places people or property at risk of injury.State
game laws apply in the BWCAW.Fireworks of any kind are illegal.
impact wildlife and barking intrudes on the experience of others. They must be
under control at all times.Dispose of fecal matter 150 feet from water sources,
campsites, and portages, or deposit it in a latrine.
Motor-Powered Watercraft Regulations
Motor-powered watercraft are permitted only on the following designated lakes. All other lakes or portions of lakes within the BWCAW are paddle only. Motors may not be used or be in possession on any paddle-only lake. No other motorized or mechanized equipment (including pontoon boats, sailboats, sailboards) is allowed.
User Fees Per Person Per Trip
Call 800-510-2947 Today For Your Permit And To Book Your