The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the ideal vacation for those seeking adventure and time to reconnect with nature. 

The BWCA covers one million acres of land with over 1100 lakes along the Minnesota-Canada border. This undeveloped land has been Federally protected since 1909. The Wilderness Act defines the BWCA as a place that "appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable".

Individuals and groups ranging from beginners to the most experienced canoeists all enjoy the beauty and bounty that the BWCA offers. Here you can canoe, fish, camp and explore the indigenous wilderness and wildlife. Travel through manicured portages and setup camp at one of the dedicated campsites fitted with a latrine and fire grate. With hundreds of lakes and portages to navigate, you can choose a route that suites the getaway you are looking for. 


Arthur Carhart (1892-1978) with his canoe in what is now the BWCA. Carhart inspired wilderness protection in Minnesota and other areas of the United States.

President Theodore Roosevelt designated northern Minnesotan land as the Superior National Forest in 1909 (now part of the BWCA) which spurred early forest administration. Here, Forest Officers make a portage through the Superior National Forest (1916).