Other Boating Opportunities in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Experiencing the BWCAW in a motor-powered watercraft is permitted only on the following designated lakes. All other lakes or portions of lakes within the BWCAW are paddle-only. No other motorized or mechanized equipment is allowed including pontoon boats, sailboats or sailboards. Lakes with 10 horsepower limit: Clearwater, North Fowl, South Fowl, Seagull (no motors west of Three Mile Island), and sections of Island River within the BWCAW. Lakes with 25 horsepower limit: Basswood (except that portion north of Jackfish Bay and Washington Island), Saganaga (except that portion west of American Point), Fall, Newton, Moose, Newfound, Sucker, Snowbank, East Bearskin, South Farm, and Trout. Lakes with no horse power limit: Little Vermillion, Loon, Lac La Croix (not beyond the south end of snow bay in the U.S.) and Loon River. And motor over-night and day use requires a permit during high season.
Portage wheels: Mechanical assistance is only permitted over the following: International Boundary, Four-mile Portage, Fall-Newton-Pipestone and Back Bay Portages into Basswood Lake, Prairie Portage, Vermillion-Trout Portage.