Boundary Waters Outfitters

Boundary Waters Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
BWCA Entry Permits

Boundary Waters Outfitters will guide you through the entire trip planning process and make all your permit reservations for you. Below is important entry permit information and to the right is a map of all the BWCA entry points we utilize.


BWCA Entry Point OptionsBWCA Entry Point Options
Quetico Provincial Park (Canada) Quetico Provincial Park (Canada)
BWCA - Boundary Waters (USA) BWCA - Boundary Waters (USA)
Superior National Forest (USA) Superior National Forest (USA)

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Entry Points
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Boundary Waters Canoe Area
BWCA info, wildlife, trip routes, photos...

Canoe Trip Outfitting
all our packages, rates, menu...

Non-Profit Groups
discount packages for scouts, churches, schools, clubs, High Adventure Scout Trips, and more...

Boundary Waters Fishing
trips, tips, tackle & more...

Guided Trips
the best way to go...

Quetico Trips
information on trips into Canada...

About Us
who we are, directions to our base...

Contact Us
talk to our outfitting staff

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Good to Know...
It is important to note that BWCA entry permits are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so the earlier you reserve your trip the better chance you have of securing the best entry point.

BWCA Permits & Entry Points

Before you may enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) an entry permit must be reserved. One permit is required per traveling group and allows up to 9 people and 4 canoes per permit. Both parks operate on a quota system with permits issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. A reservation is made by entry date and entry point. (You must enter the wilderness on the date and at the entry point you reserved - this information is printed on your permit.) Each entry point has a specified number of permits available each day - the daily quota. Some entry points have as many as 27 permits available per day and some as few as 1. (see below for a list of entry points and their daily quota) It is important to note that permit reservations are well underway by mid-January so early trip planning is essential, especially if you have a large group and require multiple permits.

Boundary Waters Outfitters will reserve all the permits for your group. We cooperate with the US Forest Service & Quetico Park and issue BWCA permits from our lodge. When you are ready to make a reservation give us a call at 218-365-3466 and we'll get you going.

Boundary Waters & US Forest Service Permit & Camping Fees:
BWCA Permits:
   cost is $10 for permit and $10 Reservation fee per permit group (up to 9 people)
BWCA Camping Fees:
   cost per Adult: $16 per trip
   cost per Youth (17 and under): $8 per trip

(example: group of 5 adults will have: $10 permit, $10 permit reservation fee & $80 camp fees=$100 for trip)
Boundary Waters Entry Points:   (see map above for entry point location)


daily quota: #:


daily quota:
4 Crab Lake 4 27 Snowbank Lake 8
6 Slim Lake 2 29 N. Kawishiwi River 1
7 Big Lake 2 30 Lake One 18
8 Moose River South 1 31 Farm Lake 3
9 Indian Sioux River S 1 32 S. Kawishiwi River 2
14 Indian Sioux River N 6 33 Little Gabbro Lake 2
16 Moose River North 7 34 Island River 3
19 Stuart River 1 35 Isabella Lake 3
20 Angleworm Lake 2 36 Hog Creek 5
23 Mudro Lake 6 37 Kawishiwi Lake 9
24 Fall Lake 14 75 Little Isabella River 1
25 Moose Lake 27 77 S Hegman Lake 1
26 Wood Lake 2 84 Snake River 1

For information on Boundary Waters canoe routes click here >>



If you are using our How to Plan a Trip tutorial...

You are on Step 4 - Reserve your Entry Permit

We will reserve your entry permit for you. The above information shows how much your permit and US Forest Service camping fees will cost as well as all the BWCA entry points we utilize. For questions on entry points or to reserve your BWCA entry permit give us a call at:
218-365-3466 or 800-777-8574

To go to Step 5 click here >>

Call Today and set up a trip!  1-800-777-8574
We will walk you through the whole trip planning process - make route suggestions, gear suggestions and even secure all your permits for you. We will map your route, pack your equipment, pack your food and give you a complete trip orientation upon your arrival. Don't wait, Call today and let your Boundary Waters Vacation begin!


Above: BWCA entry point map map not for navigational use

BWCA Information:

Boundary Waters Information
How to plan a trip
BWCA permits & entry points
BWCA canoe routes
Boundary Waters fishing
Area wildlife
Boundary Waters photos
BWCA rules & regulations

Outfitting Packages:

Canoe Trip Outfitting
Outfitting Specials
Explorer Kevlar Package
Ultra-Light Canoe Package
Non-Profit Groups
Fishing Trips
Family Packages
Guided Trips
Food & Canoe Packages
Partial Outfitting


Menu - food for your trip
Overnight Accommodations
Reservations & Deposits
BWCA Permits & Fees
Entry Points & Trip Routes
What to Pack

Quetico Trips:

Quetico Trip information
RABC Permit Information

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How to Plan a Trip
Step 1: What to see and do
Step 2: When are you going
Step 3: Plan your route
Step 4: Reserve entry permit
Step 5: Outfitting Needs
Step 6: Transportation
Step 7: Accommodations
Step 8: Final Touches

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Boundary Waters Canoe AreaHow to plan a TripBWCA Entry PermitsBoundary Waters Canoe RoutesFishingWildlifePhoto GalleryBWCA Rules
Canoe Trip OutfittingOutfitting SpecialsKevlar Explorer Package Ultra-Light Canoe PackagePartial OutfittingNon-Profit Group Packages Family Canoe TripsFishing TripsGuided Trips
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A word from Boundary Waters Outfitters

Thank you for visiting our website. We at Boundary Waters Outfitters are dedicated to our mission and to providing quality Minnesota Vacations to all who visit us here in the Northwoods. It is our pleasure to serve you in anyway we can, whether it is planning a BWCA canoe trip, arranging a stay in one of the lakeside cabins at our full-service resort or helping you purchase just the right piece of gear for your next adventure. Ely Minnesota and the Northwoods is our home and we are eager to share it with anyone who has the desire to experience all it has to offer. With so much to see and do...from fishing, to exploring, to sunsets, the wildlife, to all the little canoeing and camping tips we have picked up over the years, we are here to help you make the most of your Boundary Waters vacation. Thanks again for visiting our website and please let us know how we can help you with your Boundary Waters needs.
-Boundary Waters Outfitters owners and staff.