Boundary Waters Lottery Revisited
It wasn’t too long ago when the USFS told Cooperators there was no longer going to be a lottery for entry permits. The folks on the Gunflint Trail were not concerned because our entry points into the BWCA aren’t as busy as those in Ely, Minnesota. The outfitters in Ely, Minnesota were not at all happy with the news the USFS wanted to do away with the lottery.
The USFS listened to comments and performed a test of the first come first served permit reservation option. It didn’t go as well as they had thought so they will keep a lottery for the entry points most in demand which are Fall Lake entry D & 24 and Moose Lake F, G, & 25. Canoe campers will be able to submit their requests via the lottery system beginning December 19th and ending on January 19th. The lottery will run on the 20th of January 2012.
All other Boundary Waters permits will not use the lottery system. Folks can begin reserving permits on January 25th at 9am central time. If you’d like Voyageur to reserve your permit for you then please give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll take care of it for you. It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s BWCA trip dates.