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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Natural Area, National Park or Protected Area

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a unique natural area located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. Approximately 1.3 million acres in size, it extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canada's Quetico Provincial Park and bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. It contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes, hiking trails and approximately 2000 designated campsites. It offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Because this area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its primitive character and made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964, it allows visitors to canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago.

Please visit the Superior National Forestwebsite for more information.

To view the Boundary Waters Trip Planning Guide please visit:\_DOCUMENTS/fseprd541129.pdf


Seasons Accessible

Spring, summer and fall for hiking and canoeing, winter for skiing, dog sledding and winter campiing.

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