Explore The Wilderness

Take a look at a map of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and you’ll see a maze of entry points and waterways: Sawbill Lake, Basswood Lake, and 1000 other names jump out. But how do you get there? How do you prepare? We have the inspiration and information you need to go into the Boundary Waters for the first or 73rd time.

Plan a Trip

Our detailed and easy-to-follow guide will walk you through every step you need to take in order to make your Boundary Waters dreams a reality.

Find a Route

With so many lakes and entry points, it can be hard to decide where to go. To help you choose, we put together a searchable Boundary Waters route library for your next canoeing, camping or hiking trip.

Planning Resources

Need to brush up on your knots? Want to learn how to find fish or what meals to pack? Our extensive library of resources will help you hone your skills and discover new possibilities in the BWCA.

The Boundary Waters
is For Everyone

You don’t need to be a seasoned outdoors person to enjoy the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)! If you have the desire for a wilderness adventure, but not necessarily the experience, numerous outfitters are here to help you with logistics, gear, advise you on entry points and bring your group on guided tours.

Beyond the Canoe

Hiking, stand up paddle boarding, dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing … there are many ways to explore the Boundary Waters.

Explore Quetico

If you’re seeking a more isolated, rugged experience, you can’t do much better than a trip into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park. Learn more about this canoeist’s paradise on the Canadian side of the border.