The BWCA has designated campsites that include a fire grate and box latrine. For Quetico trips you need to carry your own fire grate and a small shovel.
For campfires, use only dead and down wood that’s gathered away from the campsite. It is illegal to cut live vegetation for any reason.
Drown your campfire with water whenever leaving camp.
Have respect for fellow campers by keeping noise levels at a minimum.
The lake water is pollution-free, however, there’s always that chance of coming in contact with Giardia parasite. Thus it’s recommended that you boil or filter your water before drinking.
Dump soapy dishwater at least 150 feet from the shoreline.
Every person must have a life vest (PFD). Although wearing one is not required by law, it must at least be accessible when traveling in the canoe or boat.
The entire Quetico Park is non-motorized, as is virtually all of the BWCA as well. The only BWCA lakes in the Ely area that allow motors are Fall Lake, Newton, Snowbank, South Farm, the Moose Lake Chain, and parts of Basswood Lake.
Rapids in our area are generally not safe to “run.” Portages have been made for a reason and we suggest using them at all times.
We are a Cooperator with the USDA Forest Service under the Superior National Forest. We issue permits into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. To preserve the wilderness, visitors to the BWCAW must follow certain regulations. Click here for a complete list of USDA BWCAW Regulations.
In the Quetico: Dogs are allowed as long as rabies shot papers are along. Barbless hooks are required for fishing (you may pinch-down the barbs on the hooks that you presently have). No live bait is allowed in Quetico but it is OK in the BWCA. Firearms are also banned in the Quetico
* * * * “As a cooperator we are an equal opportunity service provider” * * * *
BWCA ENTRY PERMITS & CAMPING FEES – Entry permits are required for overnight camping in the BWCA. Each permit and campsite allows up to nine people. Larger party sizes would need additional permits and must camp at more than one campsite. Permits are very limited so early reservations are advised. The BWCA camping fee is $16 per adult per trip, while youth under age 18 pay $8 per trip.
We’ll gladly reserve permits in your behalf but you also have the option of going online and reserving direct with the Permit Center (www.recreation.gov). Each permit requires a $6 non-refundable application fee plus a camping fee deposit. You have the option of paying all camping fees in advance or just the $32 minimum requirement (then pay the remainder upon arrival in Ely).
When we reserve a permit in your behalf we add a $10 service fee.
DISTANCE TO ELY
Chicago – 630
Cincinnati – 900
Cleveland – 972
Des Moines – 510
Dubuque – 509
Fargo – 295
Indianapolis – 790
Kansas City – 740
Louisville – 890
Milwaukee – 547
Minn./St. Paul – 225
Omaha – 640
St. Louis – 794
||QUETICO ENTRY PERMITS & CAMPING FEES – Each Quetico Park entry permit and campsite allows up to 9 people. Quetico permits are very limited and the ideal time to arrange one is 5-months in advance of your trip dates. If the 5-month advance has already passed then it’s recommended that you provide us with an alternate date choice, just in case your primary starting date has already filled. A Quetico permit application costs $121 in advance. Of this, $100 is a camping fee deposit and the other $21 covers application and service fees. The balance of the camping fees are payable to the Ranger when crossing into the park. The camping fee at the Prairie Portage Ranger Station is $21.50 per adult per night in Canadian Funds). Youth age 6-17 pays $8.50 per night. The Ranger accepts Visa, Mastercard, or cash.
||CANADIAN CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS – Those entering the Quetico Park through the Prairie Portage or Cache Bay Ranger Stations must clear Canadian Customs by mail at least 4 weeks in advance of the trip. We’ll provide the necessary RABC form for this clearance once your Quetico entry permit has been secured. The RABC form covers the applicant, spouse, and all dependent children under the age of 18. Anyone under the age of 18 who doesn’t have a parent going on the trip must file their own RABC form (free of charge). The RABC cost is $30. Anyone who has been convicted of a DWI-DUI offense in the past 10 years will be denied access into Canada. In those cases, plan a BWCA trip route.No advance RABC application is needed for Lac La Croix, Beaverhouse, or Three-Mile Lake fly-ins as customs will be on hand at these locations (free of charge).To Re-Enter The U.S. – Each person age 16 and older who visit Canada by land or water needs a Passport to re-enter the U.S. after the trip. Those under age 16 only need a copy of their Birth Certificate. If entering Canada by float-plane then all travelers are required to have a Passport. Youth under age 18 that are part of a non-profit group only need a photocopy of their birth certificate. For cost and information on Passport issues go to www.travel.state.gov