The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness encompasses an estimated 1,175 lakes, 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 500 miles of trails and 2,050 campsites. The Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection engages volunteers to help maintain these recreation resources and ensure safe, high quality wilderness experience for the 200,000 paddlers, campers, and skiers that visit the BWCAW each year.
Since 2006, the Friends has worked in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to recruit and deploy volunteers into the BWCAW to accomplish restoration, maintenance, and education projects in the wilderness and Superior National Forest. The goal of the Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection is to improve portage trails, campsites, latrines, and fire grates and preserve the BWCAW by mitigating use-impacts. The volunteer season runs from May through September each year.
In 2017 our 47 volunteers spent a cumulative 329 days in the field, during which they maintained 801 campsites and 25 miles of trails.
A special thank you to REI for its support of the Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection.
For more information about how to get involved, contact the volunteer coordinator.
Looking for additional volunteer opportunities in the field? The Heart of the Continent Partnership hosts volunteer opportunities throughout the Quetico-Superior region. For more information, visit the HOCP volunteer page.