There are some very fine resources on the BWCA out there. I’ll focus on the resources for “I’ve never been, I need to learn and plan this thing out!” I’ll add to this post as I go.
BWCA.com – Massively helpful site that has tools to help plan the trip, find outfitters, etc. That’s important but coupled with the helpful members in the forum it’s an incredible resource.
I am a member of that site and made an initial post named “Hello, and BWCA in 2019” Go there, sign up, and see what it’s all about.
USDA Forestry Service – The USDA (Forest Service) manages the BWCA. The page I linked to has some information, to include a Planning Guide (PDF). The site also gives a brief background of the legislation that created the area, dates & information about group quotas, and other useful links at the bottom of the page. Additionally, there is a “Leave No Trace” video that is required viewing before picking up a permit. More info on that is on the site.
- Paddle Planner.com – Interactive BWCA trip planning map
- BWCAW reservations – (Canoeing, camping, day use)
- Canoeing.com – BWCAW entry points and permit info
- BWCAboard.com – BWCA discussion forum