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The Boundary Waters was first recognized for recreational opportunities in 1926, named the Superior Roadless Area in 1938, the BWCA in 1958, and federally designated under The Wilderness Act in 1964.

The BWCAW has changed little since the glaciers melted.

With over 1,500 miles of canoe routes, nearly 2,200 designated campsites, and more than 1,000 lakes and streams waiting, the BWCAW draws over 250,000 visitors each year.

As part of the Superior National Forest, the BWCAW is managed by the US Forest Service.

Come . . . dip your paddle, brew a cup in the great outdoors and explore the BWCA!