Special Places

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW)

A canoe upside-down on shoreThe BWCAW has changed little since the glaciers melted. With over 1,500 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams waiting, the BWCAW draws over 250,000 visitors each year.  As part of the Superior National Forest, the BWCAW is managed by the US Forest Service.  (MORE)


BWCAW 2017 Quota Permits


The BWCAW 2017 lottery application period begins December 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. CST through January 11, 2017, 9:00 p.m. CST. The lottery is for the following entry points and dates:

Fall Lake entry points D (Fall Lake, Newton Lake, Pipestone and Beyond) and 24 (Fall Lake); Moose Lake entry points F (Moose Lake to Newfound and Sucker Lakes), G (Moose Lake to Prairie Portage to Basswood Lake) and 25 (Moose Lake) for dates between May 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017. Lottery results will be available on January 18, 2017.

Reservations for all entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CST online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.


Highlighted Areas

Superior National Forest Scenic Byway

The Superior National Forest Scenic Byway, designated as Forest Highway 11, runs from the taconite town of Silver Bay to the logging town of Aurora.  There are long stretches of unbroken forest along this 54 mile road, giving the driver a good sense of being away from it all.  Several trails and campgrounds are on or near the route for perfect resting areas.

For a brochure describing the Byway in detail, click here.

A map of the Superior NF Scenic Byway

To visit the national Scenic Byways webpage for more information, click here.