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BWCA and Quetico Overview
Last updated by bstrege on 12/28/2013 4:42:54 PM

By Kmusser [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) is a part of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. It covers an area of over one million acres. It is the most visited wilderness area in the United States. Most of the lakes in the BWCA are limited to canoe-only access, although motorboats are allowed on some lakes. Hiking trails also traverse parts of the Boundary Waters.

The BWCA is a part of the region called the Quetico-Superior country. The Quetico-Superior country, also known simply as the Boundary Waters, lies along the U.S.-Canadian border. In addition to the BWCA, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, and La Verendrye Provincial Park in Ontario protect and preserve the Boundary Waters region.

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