Canoe Country Information

BWCA and Quetico Park Information

When we speak of the "Canoe Country", we're talking about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, or BWCA, of northeastern Minnesota, and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, located just north of the BWCA. These two areas contain more than two million acres of lakes interconnected by portages and canoe trails. In this section you'll find detailed information about both the BWCA and Quetico Park, including information about their history, the wildlife you'll find, the fishing opportunities available, and more.

Your Canoe Trip Destination
The perfect wilderness vacation - the BWCA and Quetico Park. Here you'll find information to help you decide which area to visit on your trip, as well as an overview of their rules and regulations.

BWCA and Quetico Park History
A brief history of the BWCA and Quetico Park, including their natural history.

BWCA and Quetico Park Plants and Animals
The plants and animals of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area are representative of the boreal forest biome, and their ranges continue into southern Canada and the rest of the Great Lakes region. Here you'll find more information about the flora and fauna found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and and Quetico Provencial Park.

BWCA and Quetico Park Fishing
Here you'll find more information about the fish that populate the lakes and rivers of the BWCA and Quetico park, as well as fishing terms and definitions, and tips that will help you get the most from your fishing trip.

What To Bring
Selecting the proper clothing for your BWCA or Quetico Park canoe trip adventure will assure you of a comfortable trip no matter what Mother Nature brings. Here you'll find our clothing recommendations.

Canoe Trip Tips
Let CBO make your canoe trip the best it can be. Here we provide information on everything from how best to paddle a canoe to how to handle a wilderness emergency.

BWCA Blowdown
Extensive fuel treatment has been accomplished to reduce the potential for wildfire to start and spread in the "blowdown fuels" that resulted from the July 1999 BWCA Blowdown wind storm. However, heavy fuel loads in remaining areas of concentrated blowdown on the Superior National Forest still pose a high risk for wildfire, particularly in some parts of the BWCA.

To reduce the risk for visitors and surrounding communities during periods of increased wildfire potential, the Forest Service will restrict the use of campfires, wood/charcoal stoves, and trail access as indicated below under "General Information About Restrictions". (NOTE: There are changes to the restricted zone for 2006).

The level of restriction will be implemented depending on long-term fire risk conditions determined by fire experts. The restricted area is shown on the "Map of BWCAW and Surrounding Areas Visitor Use Restrictions" below.

Current BWCA Fire Restrictions (as of June 5, 2007)

General Information About Restrictions in Blowdown Areas

Map of BWCAW and Surrounding Areas Visitor Use Restrictions
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Alphabetized Lake List