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 the last Wednesday in January.
  • 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

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  • Local: (218) 365-6745
  • Fax: (218) 365-6220

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    Ely, MN 55731

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