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Best Outdoor Activities in MN - Boundary Waters Canoe Area

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Sawtooth Outfitters

Canoe, Kayak, SUP Rentals, BWCA Outfitting

  • No Booking Fees

Located 1.5 hours north of Duluth, Sawtooth Outfitters is your one-stop Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and Lake Superior North Shore outfitting company! They offer BWCA outfitting gear rentals, new and used canoes, kayaks, bikes and skis for rent.read more

Ely Outfitting Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Complete Outfitting for the BWCA

  • No Booking Fees

At Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service, sharing the wilderness is their passion. Friendly, trail-wise staff provide personalized canoe trip outfitting, expert advice, and quality guided trips so that families and friends of all backgrounds and experience levels may enjoy the rejuvenating spirit of the outdoors in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. read more

Piragis Northwoods Company

BWCA Complete & Partial Outfitting

  • No Booking Fees

Discover BWCA's lakes and rivers with the Piragis Northwoods Company. Located in the action-packed outdoors Ely, Minnesota, Piragis Northwoods Company Outfitters is a full-service canoe trip outfitter for the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park.read more

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BWCA Partial & Full Outfitting & Shuttles

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BWCA Partial & Complete Outfitting & Shuttles

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BWCA Outfitting, Guided Trips & Shuttles

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BWCA Partial & Complete Outfitting & Shuttles

Is this your business?

BWCA Partial & Complete Outfitting & Shuttles

Is this your business?

BWCA Outfitting, Guided Trips & Shuttles

Is this your business?

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

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