It’s Time to Start Planning Summer BWCAW Trips

Last minute paddling instruction at Sawbill Landing Photo courtesy of Uncommon Seminars LLC

Varnish those paddle blades, oil the Duluth Pack straps, grease those tent zippers and scrutinize the maps. Paddlers who want to realize their summertime paddling dreams need to start planning now. In addition to tuning up the gear and planning a route, campers need to reserve their desired entry point for their desired departure date. Access procedures for the BWCAW have changed in the last couple years. Lottery applications for Fall Lake entry points D (Fall Lake & Beyond) and 24 (Fall Lake) and Moose Lake entry points F (Moose-Newfound-Sucker), G (Moose-Prairie-Basswood) and 25 (Moose Lake) are open now. Lottery applications close on January 21. All other entry point reservation are made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 9 a.m. January 30th. Campers can secure a permit online or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Canoeists that procrastinate do so at their peril. Quotas at popular entry points for peak season dates can fill fast.

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