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Permit Information

The Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness(BWCA) is a federally designated wilderness preserve. Joined by the Quetico Provincial Park, the boundary waters area has 2.3 million acres and 1600 lakes of pristine non-motorized wilderness that is primarily accessed by canoes. On the U.S. side alone there are 2,200 designated campsites that are used by people who go on multiple day trips. The U.S. Forest Service regulates the number of people who enter the BWCA by issuing permits. There are designated entry points all around the edge of the BWCA and each day a designated amount of permits are allotted to each entry point. These permits must be gained in advance to guarantee availability. Getting a permit is a critical step in planning your BWCA canoe trip.

-To get a permit you need to choose an entry date and an entry point.

-Each permit is good for up to 9 people.

-A permit costs $16 per adult and $8 per youth under 18.

-There is an additional $8 processing fee per group.

-Permits can be obtained by an individual or by a licensed Forest Service Cooperator.

-Clearwater Outfitters is a licensed cooperator with the Forest Service.

-Permits obtained by Clearwater Outfitters can be picked up at the lodge.

-To get your own permit go to, create an account and fill out the forms.

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