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Canoe Trip Permits for the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park
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You may visit the Web sites linked below or go directly to our Quick Request Outfitting Forms to get information mailed to you or a call back.

To purchase your Boundary Waters and Quetico Park Maps Click Here.

Stop by the Canoe Country Book Store for many selections about the BWCA, Quetico Park and canoe camping.

Visit the Boundary Waters Image Gallery by outdoor photographer Layne Kennedy.

Or Follow the steps below . . . offers these simple steps to help you plan your trip . . .

Featured Canoe Outfitters and Lodging

Gunflint Lodge
Gunflint Lodge
Gunflint Trail BWCA

Cascade Lodge on the Minnesota North Shore
Cascade Lodge
Lutsen, Minnesota

Quetico Park Canoe Trips Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
Atikokan, Ontario

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior
Lutsen Resort
On Lake Superior

Gunflint Trail
Gunflint Trail

BWCA and Quetico

Park Maps For Sale

It's now easier to get started with your trip planning. offers many resources to help you get going! We highly recommend using an outfitter, especially if it is your first canoe trip in the BWCA-Boundary Waters Canoe Area or Quetico Park

How much is a permit for the BWCA? A nonrefundable reservation fee of $6.00 is charged for each permit issued. There is a maximum of 9 persons / 4 canoes allowed on a permit traveling and camping together. There is a user fee of $16.00 (adult) and $8.00 (child 17 and under) per visit. The deposit paid for all groups will be $38.00 regardless of group size. Any adjustments for more or less will be initiated at the time the permit is picked up. More about fees.

First, read the About, FAQ's, Where is Canoe Country?, Introduction, History, Travel Ethics and Safety Tips. Been in the BWCA in winter? If not, your missing ice fishing, dog sledding, skiing, snow shoeing, winter camping, and more...[click here]

Step 2:  Look over entry points and pick an area you'd like to visit by looking at the overview map of the area. We carry all the trip maps for your Boundary Waters and Quetico Park visit. Purchase maps here.

Step 3: Canoe trip outfitters can supply you with complete or partial equipment needs. Select an outfitter or guide service for your adventure. Or stay at a resort, lodge, cabin, bed & breakfast or campground and day trip into the BWCA. Need assistance? Click here for outfitting or lodging.

Step 4:  Select your entry point for canoeing or hiking. Permits must be reserved before you enter the BWCA and Quetico Park for camping overnight. Day tripping only requires a self completed day-use permit which is available at entry points, canoe trip outfitters, forest service stations, and most lodging establishments.

Step 5: The BWCA Reservation Web site has real-time permit availability, this is an external link to the National Recreation Reservation Service at;

>>Bonus Steps: See before you go! Paddle on by the Boundary Waters Image Gallery by outdoor photographer Layne Kennedy.

Additional Info:

Quetico Provincial Park Web site

Quetico Provincial Park Entry Points and Maps

Visit the Dorothy "Rootbeer Lady" Molter Museum

Recommended Guide Books to help with planning your trip.

Beat the winter blues and join the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park online Community! Details Here.

Canadian RABC Permit Info and Application

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