Piragis Northwoods Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
105 North Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731
info@piragis.com
1-800-223-6565


Why we do what we do:


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Entry Points

Cook Area/LaCroix Ranger District

#1 Trout Lake (14 permits per day)
Method of travel is motor or paddle. 25 h.p. motor maximum. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit. Access is from Vermilion Lake via a 60-rod canoe portage or a 180-rod portage, which allows the use of portage wheels.

#8 Moose River (south of the Echo Trail) (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a canoe landing and three portages to enter Big Moose Lake. NOTE. Use EP #16 for Moose River travel NORTH of the Echo Trail.

#9 Little Indian Sioux River (south of the Echo Trail)
(1 permit every other day)
Method of travel is paddle. Difficult route. NOTE: Use EP #14 for Little Indian Sioux travel NORTH of the Echo Trail.

#12 Little Vermilion Lake (6 permits per day)
Method of travel is motor or paddle. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Enter from Crane Lake. NOTE: This is NOT the entry point for Trout Lake (EP#1). Trip options for paddlers with additional portages. On US side motors are only allowed up to edge of Snow Bay on Lac LaCroix.

#12A Lac LaCroix only (from Little Vermilion Lake)
(8 permits per day)
Method of travel is motor or paddle. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Enter from Crane Lake. Must camp all nights on Lac LaCroix (day trips to other lakes are permitted). Use only after Entry Point 12 is full. Very difficult to reach Lac LaCroix by paddle in one day. Commercial shuttle service available.

#14 Little Indian Sioux River (NORTH of the Echo Trail)
(6 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 40-rod portage heading north from the Echo Trail to the river. Many trip options with additional portages.

#16 Moose/Portage River (NORTH of the Echo Trail)
(7 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 160-rod portage heading north from the Echo Trail to the Moose River. Many trip options with additional portages.

#71 FROM Canada (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Use ONLY when trip originates in Canada then passes into BWCAW.

Ely Area/Kawishiwi Ranger District

#4 Crab Lake and Cummings Lake (4 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Burntside Lake with a 360-rod portage to Crab Lake. Several trip options with additional portaging.

#6 Slim Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 90 rod portage to Slim Lake. Portages to three additional lakes.

#7 From Big Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access LaPond Lake with a 160 rod portage from Big Lake.

#19 Stuart River (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 480 rod portage to the Stuart River. Many trip options with additional portages.

#20 Angleworm Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access Angleworm Lake with a 640 rod portage. Some trip options with additional portages.

#22 Mudro Lake - Restricted* (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Three accesses into Mudro Lake involve portages ranging from 20 to 185 rods. Many trip options with additional portages (Restricted *no camping on Horse Lake).

#23 Mudro Lake (6 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Three accesses into Mudro Lake involve portages ranging from 20 to 185 rods. Many trip options with additional portages.

#24 Fall Lake (14 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. Access to Basswood for motors or paddlers with a 20 rod portage.

#25 Moose Lake (27 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. Access to Basswood for motors or paddlers with a 20 rod portage.

#26 Wood Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access to Wood Lake is a 180 rod portage. Several trip options with additional portages.

#27 Snowbank Lake (8 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. Motor use OR possession requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Access is a boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake. Many trip options for paddlers.

#28 Snowbank Lake RESTRICTED (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a boat landing at Snowbank Lake. Must camp ALL NIGHTS on Snowbank Lake. (paddle day trips to other lakes are permitted)

#29 North Kawishiwi River (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake utilizing two portages. Several trip options available with additional portages.

#30 Lake One (18 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a canoe landing at Lake One. Many trip options available with additional portages.

#31 Farm Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. Motor use OR possession on South Farm Lake requires an overnight motor permit (25 h.p. maximum). Access is a boat landing on Farm Lake with access to South Farm. 25 h.p motor limit. Paddlers access North Kawishiwi from Farm Lake. Some trip options available for paddlers with additional portages.

#32 South Kawishiwi River (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 140-rod portage to the river. Some trip options available with additional portages.

#33 Little Gabbro Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 200-rod portage from the parking lot to Little Gabbro Lake. Several trip options available with additional portages.

#77 South Hegman Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is an 80-rod portage to South Hegman. Trip options with additional portages.

#71 FROM Canada (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Use ONLY when trip originates in Canada then passes into BWCAW. For more information, please call the Kawishiwi Ranger Station at 218-365-7561.

Isabella Area/ Tofte Ranger District

#34 Island River (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Island River has two small portages, which lead to the Isabella River. There are many portages and a few rapids along the Isabella River.

#35 Isabella Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 70 rod portage to the lake. Some trip options with additional portages.

#36 Hog Creek (5 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 15-rod portage to Hog Creek leading into Perent Lake.

#67 Bog Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 232-rod portage into the lake. Bog lake has four campsites, and does not provide access to other lakes.

#75 Little Isabella River (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 20-rod portage to the Little Isabella River. Several short portages before you reach the Isabella River.

#84 Snake River (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 160-rod portage to the river and several short portages before reaching Bald Eagle Lake.

Tofte Area/Tofte Ranger District

#37 Kawishiwi Lake (9 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a canoe landing at Kawishiwi Lake. Some trip options with additional portages.

#38 Sawbill Lake (14 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake. Several trip options with additional portages.

#39 Baker Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a boat landing at Baker Lake with a 10 rod portage into Peterson lake to reach the first campsite.

#40 Homer Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a boat landing at Homer Lake. Some trip options with additional portages.

#41 Brule Lake (7 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. The access is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Large lake with many campsites. Several trip options with additional portages.

#41A Brule Lake ONLY (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. The access is a boat landing at Brule Lake. Large lake with many campsites. Must camp all nights on Brule Lake (day trips to other lakes are permitted).

Grand Marais Area/Gunflint Ranger District

#43 Bower Trout Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 72-rod portage from small parking area into Bower Trout. Some trip options with additional portages.

#44 Ram Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 97-rod portage from the parking area. Some trip options with additional portages.

#45 Morgan Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a 320-rod portage to Morgan Lake. No campsites on Morgan Lake. Must do short portages to further lakes for campsites.

#47 Lizz and Swamp Lakes (4 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Poplar Lake into Lizz and Swamp Lakes only. Many options for trips with additional portages. NOTE: For entry at Meeds Lake see Entry Point #48.

#48 Meeds Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Poplar Lake into Meeds Lake with a 220 rod portage. Many options for trips with additional portages. NOTE: For entry at Lizz and Swamp Lakes see Entry Point #47.

#49 Skipper and Portage Lakes (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Poplar Lake (320-rod portage) or Iron Lake (230 rod portage).

#50 Cross Bay Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is through the Cross River with a 50 and a 40-rod portage to Ham Lake and a 24 rod portage to Cross Bay Lake. Many trip options with additional portages.

#51 Missing Link Lake (5 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a canoe landing at Round Lake with a 142-rod portage to Missing Link. Many trip options with additional portages.

#52 Brant Lake (4 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is a canoe landing at Round Lake with two 85-rod portages to Brant Lake. Many trip options with additional portages.

#54 Seagull Lake (11 permits per day)
iMethod of travel is paddle or motor. 10 h.p. motor limit. Motors not allowed (use or possession) west of Three Mile Island. Large lake with several campsites. Access is a boat landing at Seagull lake. Many trip options with additional portages.

#54A Seagull Lake ONLY (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Use only after EP #54 is full. Access is a boat landing at Seagull Lake. Must camp ALL nights on Seagull (day trips to other lake are permitted). Large lake with several campsites.

#55 Saganaga Lake (17 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. 25 h.p. motor limit. Motors not allowed (use or possession) west of American Point. Access to Canada (the Crownland and Quetico Park). Huge lake with many campsites and easy access. Many trip options with additional portages.

#55A Saganaga Lake Only (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Must camp ALL nights on Saganaga Lake (day trips to other lakes are permitted). Huge lake with many campsites and easy access.

#57 Magnetic Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access Magnetic Lake and Granite River from Gunflint Lake.

#58 South Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is from Gunflint Lake with a 10 mile paddle and two short portages to South Lake.

#60 Duncan Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is from West Bearskin Lake with a 70-rod portage to Duncan Lake and an 80-rod portage to Rose.

#61 Daniels Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access is from West Bearskin Lake with a 60 rod portage to Daniels Lake and a 665 rod portage to Rose Lake.

#62 Clearwater Lake (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. 10 h.p. maximum. Many trip options with additional portages.

#64 East Bearskin Lake (4 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle or motor. 25 h.p. motor limit. No motors on Alder or Canoe Lakes. Many trip options with additional portages.

#66 Crocodile River (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Can access Crocodile Lake from Crocodile River or East Bearskin. . Must spend all nights on Crocodile Lake.

#68 Pine Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access through McFarland Lake with a 2-rod portage.

#69 John Lake (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Little John Lake with a 10-rod portage to John Lake.

#70 North Fowl Lake (2 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from Little John with an 88-rod and a 160-rod portage to get to North Fowl Lake. Border lake between U.S. and Canada.

#80 Larch Creek (1 permit per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Access from the canoe landing at Larch Creek.

#71 FROM Canada (3 permits per day)
Method of travel is paddle. Use ONLY when trip originates in Canada then passes into BWCAW.