Boundary Waters vs Quetico


What’s the difference between the Boundary Waters and Quetico?

  • Boundary Waters (US side):
    • There is a per person user fee per trip (not per night).
    • First come, first serve for all entry points begins in later January 2020.
    • Must camp at designated camp sites
    • Each site has a Forest Service steel fire grate
    • Each site has a latrine in the woods
    • Maximum of 9 people and 4 canoes
    • Canoes/kayaks must be registered (unless your state doesn't require it)
  • Quetico (Canadian side):
    • There is a per person per night fee
    • Permits can be reserved 5 months in advance
    • Camp anywhere, use Leave No Trace practices
    • No live bait
    • You can only use barbless hooks (ok to pinch the hooks that you have now)
    • There are no fire grates or latrines
    • Maximum of 9 people
    • RABC permit needed for entry, call for details about this
    • No firearms allowed
    • Passports needed for return to USA

BWCA Permits, Rules & Regulations

Quetico Permits, Rules & Regulations

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