Canoe routes into the BWCA

BWCA Routes

Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Canoe Routes

The list of canoe routes in the BWCA are endless. Here are some suggestions of our favorites. These Boundary Waters routes can be shortened, made in to base camps or combined to fit your needs. Spend some time reading each canoe routes full descriptions to get the "flavor" of each trip.

Canoe Route Name Entry Point(s) Days
(Recommended Minimum)
Type of Fish Experience Level Full Description with Map
Brandt, Gabi, Seagull 52,54 5 LT, NP, SM, W Intermediate View full Description
Duncan, Rose 60 3 SM,LT, NP Beginner View full Description
East Bearskin, Canoe, Pine 64 4 SM,NP,W,LT Intermediate View full Description
Frost River 50 5 LT,W,NP Experienced View full Description
Granite River 57,80,55 3 W,SM,NP,LT Intermediate View full Description
Gunflint, South, Rose 58,60 4 SM,LT,NP,W Intermediate View full Description
Saganaga Base Camp 55,55A 3 W,SM,LT,NP Beginner View full Description
Saganaga, Alpine, Seagull 55,54 3 W,SM,LT,NP Beginner View full Description
Saganaga, Cherry, Ottertrack 55 4 W,SM,LT,NP Intermediate View full Description
Seagull Base Camp 54,54A 3 W,SM,LT,NP Beginner View full Description
Seagull, Knife, Saganaga 54,55 5 W,SM,LT,NP Intermediate View full Description
Tuscarora, Little Sag, Gillis 51,52 5 LT,P Intermediate View full Description

Boundary Waters Canoe TripKey
W=walleye, SM=small mouth, NP=northern pike, LT=lake trout
Experience Level
Beginner=few and or short portages, shorter paddling distances.
Intermediate=moderate number and or portages less than 1 mile, moderate amount of paddling.
Experienced=significant number of portages and or long portages and or large amount of paddling.
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