BWCA Entry Points

NamePermits/DayNearest CityRanger DistrictMethod Of EntryMotor HorsepowerComments
01 Trout Lake14CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPAccess from Vermilion Lake via a 60-rod canoe portage or 180-rod portage that allows the use of portage wheels.
04 Crab Lake & Cummings Lake4ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from Burntside Lake with a 360-rod portage to Crab Lake.
06 Slim Lake2ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 90-rod portage to Slim Lake Portages to three additional lakes.
07 From Big Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess La Pond Lake with a 160-rod portage from outside the BWCAW on Big Lake.
08 Moose River South?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a canoe landing heading South from the Echo Trail. Three portages to enter Big Moose Lake.
09 Little Indian Sioux River South?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyHeading South from the Echo Trail. Difficult route. Four portages to Bootleg Lake.
10 Norway Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight HikingHiking Only8 mile trail or 2 mile option. No loops.
11 Blandin Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight HikingHiking OnlyWinter route to Lamb Lake. 2.4 miles.
12A Lac La Croix?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle or MotorUnlimited (Except where paddle only)Enter from Crane Lake. Must camp all nights on Lac La Croix. Day trips to other lakes permitted. Use only after. Entry Point 12 is full. Very difficult to reach Lac La Croix by paddle in one day. Commercial shuttle service available.
12 Little Vermilion Lake?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle or MotorUnlimitedEnter from Crane Lake. Note: Not the entry point to use for Trout Lake (#1). On U.S. side motors are only allowed up to edge of Snow Bay on Lac La Croix.
13 Herriman Lake Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight HikingHiking Only15 miles of trail accesses 4 lakes. Loop options.
14 Little Indian Sioux River North?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 40-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.
15 Sioux-Hustler Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight HikingHiking Only30 mile round trip with loop. Primitive trail not well maintained.
16 Moose/Portage River North of Echo Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 160-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.
19 Stuart River?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 480-rod portage to the Stuart River.
20 Angleworm Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 640-rod portage to Angleworm Lake.
21 Angleworm Trail?ElyKawishiwiOvernight HikingHiking OnlyTrail loops around Angleworm Lake. 12 miles. If paddling- use entry point #20.
22 Mudro Lake—Restricted?ElyKawishiwiOvernight HikingHiking OnlyThree accesses into Mudro Lake involve portages ranging from 20–185 rods. Restriction is no camping on Horse Lake.
23 Mudro Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess into Mudro Lake involves portages ranging from 20–185 rods.
24 Fall Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPAccess is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages.
25 Moose Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPAccess is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages.
27 Snowbank Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPAccess is a boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake. Many trip options for paddlers.
28 Snowbank Lake Only?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyMust camp all nights on Snowbank Lake. Paddle day trips to other lakes are permitted. Access is a boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake.
29 North Kawishiwi River?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake using two portages.
30F Lake One – Restricted?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyEntry point shares the same physical location but no camping on the Kawishiwi River
30 Lake One?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a canoe landing at Lake One.
31 Farm Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPAccess is a boat landing on Farm Lake with access to South Farm Lake. Paddlers access North Kawishiwi River from Farm Lake. Some trip options available for paddlers with additional portages.
32 South Kawishiwi River?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 140-rod portage to the river.
33 Little Gabbro Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 200-rod portage from the parking lot to Little Gabbro Lake.
34 Island River?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyTwo small portages leading to Isabella River.
35 Isabella Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 70-rod portage to Isabella Lake.
36 Hog Creek?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 15-rod portage to Hog Creek leading into Perent Lake.
37 Kawishiwi Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Kawishiwi Lake.
38 Sawbill Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake.
39 Baker Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Baker Lake with a 10-rod portage into Peterson Lake to reach first campsite.
40 Homer Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Homer Lake. Part of Homer Lake is outside of the BWCAW where motors are allowed.
41A Brule Lake Only?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Large lake with several campsites. Must camp all nights on Brule Lake. Use only after Entry Point 41 is full. Day trips to other lakes permitted.
41 Brule Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Large lake with several campsites.
43 Bower Trout lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 72-rod portage from small parking area into Bower Trout.
44 Ram Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 97-rod portage from the parking area.
45 Morgan Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 320-rod portage to Morgan Lake. No campsites on Morgan Lake—short portages to further lakes for campsites.
47 Lizz & Swamp Lakes?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from Poplar Lake by 51-rod portage to Lizz Lake and 100-rod portage into Swamp Lake.
48 Meeds Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from Poplar Lake into Meeds Lake with a 220-rod portage.
49 Skipper & Portage Lakes?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 320-rod portage from Poplar Lake or a 230-rod portage from Iron Lake.
50 Cross Bay Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is thru the Cross River with two portages to Ham Lake and a 24-rod portage to Cross Bay Lake.
51 Missing Link Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a canoe landing at Round Lake with a 142-rod portage to Missing Link Lake.
52 Brant Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a canoe landing at Round Lake with two 85-rod portages to Brant Lake.
54A Seagull Lake Only?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a boat landing at Seagull Lake. Large lake with several campsites. Must camp all nights on Seagull Lake. Use only after Entry Point 54 is full. Day trips to other lakes permitted.
54 Seagull Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle or Motor10 HPNo motors (use or possession) west of Three Mile Island. Large lake with several campsites. Landing at Seagull Lake.
55A Saganaga Lake Only?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyMust camp all nights on Saganaga Lake. Use only after Entry Point 55 is full. Day trips to other lakes permitted. Large lake with many campsites and easy access.
55 Saganaga Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HP (Except where paddle only)No motors (use or possession) west of American Point. Access to Canada (the Crown land and Quetico Park). Large lake with many campsites and easy access.
56 Kekekabic Trail—East?46 mile trail that continues to the west side trail head. Rolling terrain through several lakes. Minimal use.
57 Magnetic Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess Magnetic Lake and Granite River from Gunflint Lake.
58 South Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is from Gunflint Lake with a 10-mile paddle and two short portages to South Lake.
59 Partridge Lake/South Lake Trail?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking Only4 miles. If paddling use Entry Point #60.
60 Duncan Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is from W. Bearskin Lake with a 70-rod portage to Duncan Lake and an 80-rod portage to Rose Lake.
61 Daniels Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is from W. Bearskin Lake with a 60-rod portage to Daniels Lake and 665-rod portage to Rose Lake.
62 Clearwater Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle or Motor10 HPMotors allowed on Clearwater Lake only.
64 East Bearskin Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle or Motor25 HPMotors allowed on East Bearskin Lake only. No motors on Alder and Canoe.
66 Crocodile River?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyCan access Crocodile Lake from Crocodile River or East Bearskin. Must spend all nights on Crocodile Lake.
67 Bog Lake?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 232-rod portage into Bog Lake. Four campsites. Bog Lake does not provide access to other lakes.
68 Pine Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess through McFarland Lake by a 2-rod portage.
69 John Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from Little John Lake with a 10-rod portage to John Lake.
70 North Fowl Lake?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from Little John Lake with an 88-rod and a 160-rod portage to get to North Fowl Lake. Border lake between U.S. & Canada.
71 From Canada?Ely- Cook- Grand MariasKawishiwi- La Croix- GunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyUse only when trip originates in Canada- then passes into the BWCAW.
74 Kekekabic Trail West/Snowbank?ElyKawishiwiOvernight HikingHiking OnlyLoop option includes 27 miles of the Snowbank trail- plus the 46 mile Kekekabic Trail that continues to the east side trail head.
75 Little Isabella River?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 20-rod portage to the Little Isabella River. Several short portages before you reach the Isabella River.
76 Big Moose Lake Trail?CookLa CroixOvernight HikingHiking OnlyNo loop options. 2 miles to Big Moose Lake. If paddling use Entry Point #8.
77 South Hegman Lake?ElyKawishiwiOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 80-rod portage to South Hegman Lake.
78 Brule Lake Trail?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking OnlyTrailhead is on Forest Road 326- 1/3 mile south of the Brule Lake parking lot on the east side of the road. Parking at Brule Lake lot. Total trail distance is 7 miles.
79 Eagle Mountain Trail?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking OnlyThe trail is 3.5 miles to the top (one way). Provides access to Brule Lake Trail.
80 Larch Creek?Ely- Cook- Grand MariasKawishiwi- La Croix- GunflintOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess from the canoe landing at Larch Creek.
81 Border Route Trail—West?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking Only53 miles. Shorter options available.
82 Border Route Trail—Center?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking Only53 miles. Shorter options available.
83 Border Route Trail—East?Grand MariasGunflintOvernight HikingHiking Only53 miles. Shorter options available.
84 Snake River?TofteTofteOvernight Paddle OnlyPaddle OnlyAccess is a 198-rod portage to Snake River & several short portages before reaching Bald Eagle Lake.
86 Pow Wow Trail?TofteTofteOvernight HikingHiking Only30 mile loop trail.
A Trout Lake?CookLa CroixDay Use Motor25 HPAccess from Lake Vermilion via a 180-rod portage suitable for portage wheels. Commercial portage service available.
C Fall Lake Only?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HPValid only on Fall Lake not Newton or Basswood. Access is a boat landing at Fall Lake.
D Fall Lake- Newton- Pipestone- & Beyond?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HPAccess is a boat landing at Fall Lake. Valid on Fall- Newton & Basswood.
F Moose Lake to Newfound & Sucker Lake?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HPValid only on Moose- Newfound and Sucker Lakes. Travel not permitted beyond Sucker Lake.
G Moose Lake to Prairie Portage to Basswood?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HP (except where paddle only)Commercial portage service available. Valid on Moose- Newfound- Sucker and Basswood Lakes.
H Snowbank Lake?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HPMotors allowed on Snowbank Lake only.
I South Farm Lake?ElyKawishiwiDay Use Motor25 HPMotors allowed on South Farm Lake only.
J Saganaga Lake?Grand MariasGunflintDay Use Motor25 HPNo motors (use or possession) west of American Point. Access to Canada.
K Seagull Lake?Grand MariasGunflintDay Use Motor10 HPNo motors (use or possession) allowed west of Three Mile Island.
L Clearwater Lake?Grand MariasGunflintDay Use Motor10 HPMotors allowed on Clearwater Lake only.
M East Bearskin Lake?Grand MariasGunflintDay Use Motor25 HPMotors allowed on East Bearskin Lake only. No motors on Alder or Canoe Lakes.

Note: I strive to keep this information updated and as accurate as possible; the US Forrest Service is the source of truth for this information, please refer to their website for the most current information and rules/laws governing the BWCAW.

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