Explore the
Wilderness

The Quetico-Superior region encompasses some of the finest lake country on the continent. Its woods and waters have been frequently praised and are a favorite of many writers and photographers for their beauty and inspiration.

Much of the region along the Minnesota and Ontario border has been set aside as public lands for the enjoyment of all people – thousands of lakes, hundreds of miles of rivers, remote campsites, and winding trails. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageurs National Park, and surrounding communities are recognized as the Heart of the Continent – a National Geographic Geotourism site.

Paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness visitors are accompanied by loons and moose – and wolves, bears, Canada lynx, and a myriad of other wildlife. Whether you are seeking solitude or adventure, the BWCAW and surrounding ecosystem provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in northern Minnesota.

Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness

There are many ways to experience this special land. The BWCAW is best known for the opportunities it provides for multi-day wilderness canoe trips, though it is also easy to experience the wilderness on a day trip, or via a hike of any distance. Learn more about planning a trip in the BWCAW.

Quetico Provincial Park

The Boundary Waters is not the only opportunity for adventure in the region. Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park, bordering the BWCAW to the north, is often considered even more remote than the BWCAW with fewer visitors and minimally maintained portages. Learn more about what to expect from a trip to Quetico Provincial Park.

Voyageurs National Park

Just west of the BWCAW is Voyageurs National Park. Voyageurs is a landscape of vast open water and is best known for its motorized and non-motorized boating opportunities. However, the Park is also increasingly popular for kayaking and backpacking as well. Learn more about Voyageurs National Park.

Superior National Forest

The BWCAW makes up roughly one-third of the Superior National Forest. The rest of the Forest also offers tremendous opportunities for backcountry recreation, including hiking, paddling, motorboating, snowmobiling, fishing, and camping. Visit Explore the Forest to find opportunities for adventure outside the BWCAW.


Remember to Leave No Trace – for the health and longevity of these beloved places, please practice Leave No Trace principles while on your adventures. Visit our quick-guide on Leave No Trace to learn more.