BWCA to reopen for overnight camping

BWCA to reopen for overnight camping Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: May 15, 2020 01:36 PM

On Friday, the Superior National Forest announced it will open the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for both day and overnight use on Monday, May 18. The announcement is in accordance with order 20-56 issued from Gov. Tim Walz. 


“We are happy to be fully allowing visitors into the BWCAW,” Connie Cummins, Forest Supervisor said in a press release. “We ask that visitors please continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines on staying safe and practice good hygiene and social distancing wherever they choose to visit.”

According to the release, the Superior National Forest will continue to use temporary modifications to the permit pick-up requirements beginning on May 18 for all BWCAW quota permits. This is to assure all employees and visitors remain safe. For additional information on this process, please visit the Superior National Forest’s website at  

For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit the Superior National Forest website and social media pages.

Other questions by outdoor enthusiasts may be answered by visiting the online Help Center. You can also call the Forest Service or your local cooperator if you cannot make changes online via 

The Quetico Provincial Park through the BWCAW, Ontario, Canada has current closures in place.  For information on Canadian closures, please visit: and

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:

Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Certain services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and to remain flexible.

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