Travel permits are required for all groups entering the BWCA wilderness area. These permits, required for each group of up to 9 people, are limited by a daily quota system for each entry point. Early reservations are important as these permits go quickly and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis starting in January. There is a limit of 4 watercraft on a single permit. The purpose of this system is to protect the water and other physical resources of the area and to assure users of a high quality wilderness experience.
BWCAW Travel Permits:
There is a $6 nonrefundable reservation fee plus a camping fee of $16/person/trip ($8 for 17 years old & under or presenting an Interagency Pass). To secure your BWCAW permit, go to the website www.recreation.gov. Echo Trail Outfitters is a Cooperator with the Superior National Forest for BWCAW permit issuance. Echo Trail Outfitters issuing station is #74. By selecting us, you may pick up your permit from Echo Trail Outfitters either the night before your trip or the day of your trip.
The reservation fee is $6.00 per permit, covering up to 9 people for your entire trip. Also, a camping fee of $16.00 per adult and $8.00 per youth 17 and under. For those planning multiple trips into the BWCAW there is a seasonal pass offered. More information can be found on the BWCAW website. The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable.
⇒ No metal cans or glass bottles are allowed in the BWCA.
⇒ The BWCA has numerous designated campsites with steel fire grates and box latrines which are on a first come, first served basis (you are not permitted to camp on undesignated sites.)
⇒ Permits are valid only for the date and entry point specified and can only be picked up by the party leader or alternate listed on the permit reservation.