Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Great glaciers carved the physical features of what is today known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by scraping and gouging rock.

What Will I See?

The wilderness experience is as much about what you won’t see as what you will. You won’t see motorized vehicles or many people. Black bear, moose, foxes and deer all call this wilderness home. Fish you may catch include brook, brown, rainbow and lake trout, splake, whitefish, walleye, largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike, musky and panfish. 

What Should I Know?

Due to the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire, entry points, travel routes and campsites in the BWCAW are subject to change or closure. Please check the Superior National Forest website regularly for updated information on traveling in and around the fire area.

How Do I Get There?

Ely is the main western entry point to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area, while Grand Marais on the North Shore of Minnesota is the eastern point of entry. Both towns have numerous outfitters where you can reserve canoes or kayaks, often in advance.