Boundary Waters (BWCA) Permits
Permits are required all year, but there are a lot of factors that decide which permit you will need and how to get it. Chances are that you will need an OP permit, an Overnight Paddle permit that allows you to paddle and camp overnight in the BWCA.
Different types of Boundary Waters permits
- Between May 1st and September 30th
- OP – Overnight Paddle: This is the most popular permit for the boundary waters trip.
- Day use only, no camping – you just need a Self Issued Permit available at the kiosks at the BWCA entry points and Forest Service offices.
- Hiking and camping overnight, no paddling – You need an Overnight Hiking Permit for the location you are entering and there is no stay limit for the number of nights.
- After September 30th and before May 1st
- Self Issued Permit: from kiosks at BWCAW entry points and Forest Service offices. Reservations are not required and there are no recreation fees.
BOUNDARY WATERS MAP / BWCA MAPS
BWCA ENTRY POINTS