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Rules & Regulations
Please remember to "Leave No Trace"
You must enter the BWCAW at the entry point and
on the entry date shown on your permit and may not re-enter on a different
date using the same permit.
Permit and stubs become invalid when the trip leader exits the wilderness.
Nine (9) people and four (4) watercraft are the maximum allowed
together in the wilderness.
You may not exceed the limit at any time or anywhere (on water, portages,
campsites) in the BWCAW.
Smaller groups increase your wilderness experience and decrease the
TOILET FACILITIES AND WATER QUALITY
Use latrines at designated campsites.
Latrines are not garbage cans and should be used for the intended purpose
only. Personal waste items such as cigarettes, cotton swabs, or plastic
feminine products should always be packed out and should never go into the
If you're not near a latrine, dig a small hole 6 to 8 inches deep at least
150 feet or more back from the water's edge. When finished, fill hole and
cover with needles and leaves.
Bathe and wash dishes at least 150 feet from lakes and streams.
All soaps pollute water including soaps labeled "biodegradable."
Cans and glass bottles are not allowed.
Containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toilet articles,
and other items that are not foods or beverages are the only cans and
bottles you may keep in their original containers.
Food may be packaged in plastic containers that must be packed out with
Dispose of fish remains well away from shorelines, campsites, trails and
Fires are allowed within the steel fire grates at designated campsites or
as specifically approved on your visitor's permit.
Bringing a small camp stove may be a better idea because it heats food
more quickly, has less impact than a fire, and comes in handy during rainy
Due to the potential fire danger, fire restrictions may be put into
effect. Check on current conditions just prior to your trip. You may be
required to use a camp stove if there is a campfire ban.
If you build a fire, burn only dead wood found lying on the ground.
Collect firewood away from campsites by paddling down the shore and
walking into the woods where it is more abundant.
Wood easily broken by hand or cut with a small folding saw eliminates the
need for an axe.
Drown your fire with water any time you are going to be away from your
camp or at bedtime. Stir the ashes until they are cold to the touch with a
Camp only at Forest Service designated campsites that have steel fire
grates and wilderness latrines.
Make camp early in the day to ensure finding an available campsite.
It is illegal to cut live vegetation for any reason.
You may camp up to fourteen (14) consecutive days on a specific site.
Only watercraft and equipment used in connection with your current visit
may be stored and left unattended.
All equipment and personal property must be carried out with you at the
end of each trip.
Leave archaeological, historical, and rock painting sites undisturbed.
The use of metal detectors is prohibited.
No other motorized or mechanized equipment
(including pontoon boats, sailboats, sailboards) is allowed. All other
lakes or portions of lakes within the BWCAW are paddle-only. Motors may
not be used or be in possession on any paddle-only lake. Motor-powered
watercraft are permitted only on following designated lakes:
DOGS IN THE BWCAW
Dogs impact wildlife and barking intrudes on the experience of others.
Dogs must be under control at all times. Dispose of fecal matter 150 feet
from water sources, campsites, portages, or deposit in a latrine.
WHAT RULES APPLY TO FIREARMS?
Discharging a firearm is prohibited within a 150 yards of a campsite or
occupied area in an unsafe manner or location that places people or
property at risk of injury. State game laws apply in the BWCAW. Fireworks
of any kind are illegal.
LAKES WITH A 25 HORSEPOWER
On these lakes or portions of these lakes, the possession of one
additional motor no greater than 10 horsepower is permitted, as long as
motors in use do not exceed 25 horsepower.
Basswood (except that portion north of Jackfish Bay and
Saganaga (except that portion west of American Point).
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, Vermilion-Trout Lake Portage.
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