New BWCAW Permit System Finalized

Superior National Forest administrators have amended and finalized changes to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit reservations system announced in October.

The Duluth New Tribune has the full story HERE.

Starting next year, the U.S. Forest Service will no longer hold a lottery to distribute BWCAW permits for the most popular dates and entry points, except for those on Moose and Fall Lakes. Originally, the USFS planned to do without the lottery entirely, but Ely-area canoe outfitters complained, saying the lottery system was needed on the Moose Lake chain and Fall Lake for popular dates.

The lottery applications for the applicable entry points can be made from December 19, 2011 to January 19, 2012. The lottery itself will take place on January 20th.  Reservations for remaining permits for these five entry points and all other BWCAW entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis starting January 25th at 9:00am central time.

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