Permits

Crossing the border into Canada and back into the United States is easy and trouble free if you know what is expected and you are prepared.

Included with our shuttle service are stops at Canadian Customs upon your entry to Canada. We will also stop at United States Customs upon your return.

As of June 1, 2009 Passports are required for crossing the US/Canadian border by land or water.

BWCAW Permit Information

All visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are required to pay user fees because the BWCAW is a federally managed wilderness area. User fees generated through this program come directly back into the BWCA to maintain the pristine beauty of the wilderness and the visitor infrastructure within it, including the wilderness management program, staffing, campsite and portage maintenance, permit issuance, and wilderness education programs.

Permit fees for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness:

  • Adult per trip fee: $16
  • Youth per trip fee: $8
  • Adult Seasonal Fee Card: $64
  • Youth Seasonal Fee Card: $32
  • Permit Reservation Fee: $12
  • Card Holder: $8

Minnesota License Information:

  • MN fishing Lic.
  • MN resident $17.00
  • MN Husband & Wife $25.00
  • MN Non-Res. Husband & Wife 14 day $40.50
  • MN Non-Res 7 day individual $28.50
  • MN Non-Res 36 Hr. $24.00
BWCAW Rules & Regulations


The U.S. Forest Service manages the BWCAW.

  • A quota has been established to limit the number of parties accessing each wilderness entry point on a daily basis.
  • Party size is limited to nine (9) people per campsite.
  • Parties are required to camp at a designated site in the BWCAW.
  • Food items must be packaged in plastic or biodegradable containers.
  • A permit is required to enter a specific point on a designated day.
  • Permits are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis and are very competitive. It is imperative to make an early permit reservation; Up to 6 months in advance of your trip to ensure that the trip meets your expectations and fits your schedule.

For more information on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness check out www.recreation.gov. You’ll find information about the Wilderness Area and how to make a permit reservation. Anderson Canoe Outfitters can make permit reservations on your behalf and issue the permit to you upon your arrival.

Quetico Permit Information

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources manages the Quetico.

  • A quota has been established to limit the number of parties accessing each wilderness entry point on a daily basis.
  • Party size is limited to nine (9) people per campsite.
  • Parties are required to camp at a designated site in the BWCAW, but can camp anywhere in the Quetico.
  • Food items must be packaged in plastic or biodegradable containers.
  • A permit is required to enter a specific point on a designated day.
  • Permits are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis and are very competitive. It is imperative to make an early permit reservation; Up to 6 months in advance of your trip to ensure that the trip meets your expectations and fits your schedule.

Permit fees for the Quetico Provincial Park:

  • Adult $17.00 per night
  • Youth (17 and younger) $8.00 per night

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Canadian License: www1.on.wildlifelicense.com

  • 8 day conservation $28.84
  • Yearly conservation $48.26
  • Outdoors card (everyone has to have) $9.68 good for 3 years

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www.ontarioparks.com is the link to more information on Quetico Park. When you do business with Anderson Canoe Outfitters we will make your reservation with Quetico Park on your behalf as the process can be confusing.

Anderson’s Canoe Outfitters, based in Crane Lake, Minnesota, is your premier wilderness outfitter providing canoe outfitting and rental, as well as shuttle service through the western entries of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Voyageurs National Forest, and Quetico Provincial Park.
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