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Travel permits are required to camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the Quetico Provincial Park.  These permits are intended to reduce over occupancy within the wilderness and limit the impact on the natural resources. BWCAW permits may be acquired starting in January on a first come - first serve basis.  The Quetico Park permits are available 5 months in advance of the day you desire.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The BWCAW permit requires you to enter at the entry point and date shown on your travel permit.  The maximum group size is 9.  The permit reservation fee is $6 and the camping fee is $16 per person per trip.  At the time of the reservation, a minimum $32 camping fee will be collected in addition to the $6 reservation fee.  A credit card is required for the reservation.  For more rules and regulations, please view

Quetico Provincial Park

The Quetico Park enforces rules similar to the BWCA.W  Travel permits are required and must be used on the date and direction of travel shown on the permit.  The reservation fee is $12 and camping fees are around $22 (Canadian funds) per person per night.  At the time of the reservation, a $100 deposit will be taken and will go towards your camping fees.  The remaining camping fees will be due at the time of receiving your permit.  In addition to a camping permit, the Quetico Park requires all people entering at Prairie Portage to clear customs in advance.  You must apply for a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (RABC), which may take up to six weeks to process. 


A $50 deposit per trip is required for any partial outfitting reservation.  For complete outfitting packages, a $100 deposit per person is required. 

Refund Policy

Trip deposits are non-refundable.  If you cancel the reservation, your trip deposit will be applied to another canoe trip for the current or next year.  We do not give refunds for early returns.

Licensed & Insured with the United States Forest Service
Ely Outdoors Company operates in the Superior National Forest
and is an equal opportunity service provider.

In addition, we practice “Leave No Trace” principles in an effort to preserve the wilderness.