BWCA Entry Points – Access to Paddling in Canoe Country
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Main access roads (from East to West) connecting visitors to the park.
Access from Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior.
The Arrowhead Trail (County Road 16) Hovland, Minnesota 16 miles to McFarland Lake.
access:Pine Lake #68, John Lake #69, North Fowl Lake #70
The Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) is a two lane paved County Road from Grand Marais, Minnesota and travels 57 wooded and winding miles to Gull Lake.
access: Seagull Lake# 54, Saganaga Lake#55, Missing Link #51, Brant lake #52, Larch Creek #80, Knife Chain #71, Main Chain #72, Falls Chain #73
The Caribou Trail (County Road 4) is a 17 mile two lane road from Hwy 61 just east of Lutsen, Minnesota to The Railroad Grade ( Forest Road 170.)
access:Brule Lake #41
The Sawbill Trail (County Road 2) is a two lane County Road from Hwy 61 in Tofte, Minnesota and north 25 miles to the shore of Sawbill Lake.
access:Sawbill Lake#38, Baker #39Lake
Access from the Ely area
Fernberg Road (Lake County 18) runs east from Ely.
access: Fall Lake #24, Moose Lake #25, Snowbank #27, Lake One #30,
Highway #1 South access: Farm Lake #31, Kawishiwi River #32, Little Garbo #33
Echo Trail (County Road 116), runs north and west out of Ely and provides the primary access to the lakes of the western Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The trail is a 72 miles
access: Moose River #8, Little Indian Sioux River#14, Moose River/Portage River #16,
Important Contact Information for BWCA trip planning
BWCAW Reservation Cente 877-550-6777
Forest Service Offices
Forest Supervisor’s Office
8901 Grand Avenue Place, Duluth, MN 55808
Gunflint Ranger Station
2020 W. Highway 6, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Isabella Work Station
3989 Forest Service Dr. Isabella, MN 55607
Kawishiwi Ranger Station
1393 Hwy 169
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 365-7561 (5/1–9/30)
La Croix Ranger Station
320 N. Hwy 53
Cook, MN 55723
Laurentian Ranger Station
Aurora, MN 55705
Tofte Ranger Station
Tofte, MN 55615
Picking a BWCA Entry Point – What You NEED to Know