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Canoeing in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness

Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area
Ann Schwaller

Paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is one of the most famous paddling experiences in the country. This unique area contains more than 1200 miles of canoe routes, over 2000 campsites, and 15 hiking trails. 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. 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 with subsequent legislation in 1978 adding acreage and new protective regulations, it allows visitors to canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago. The Wilderness provides an opportunity to experience challenge, risk and self-discovery. With proper trip planning and back country skills, you will experience a trip of a lifetime. Be prepared! And over-night use requires a permit during high season.

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