Boundary Waters Canoe Area
BWCA Photo
Map of Entry Points, PMA's and Map Overlays of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW)
Map of the BWCA
BWCA Entry Points PMA's
1-Trout Lake 23-Mudro Lake 36-Hog Creek 50-Cross Bay Lake 68-Pine Lake PMA#1-Weeny
4-Crab Lake 24-Fall Lake 37-Kawishiwi Lake 51-Missing Link Lk. 69-John Lake PMA#2-Canthook
6-Slim Lake 25-Moose Lake 38-Sawbill Lake 52-Brant Lake 70-N. Fowl Lake PMA#3-Sundial
7-Big Lake 26-Wood Lake 39-Baker Lake 54-Seagull Lake 74-Snowbank Trail PMA#4-Tick
8-Moose River S. 27-Snowbank Lake 40-Homer Lake 55-Saganaga Lake 75-Little Isabella R. PMA#5-Spider
9-Little Indian Sioux S. 28-Snowbank (restr.) 41-Brule Lake 57-Magnetic Lake 77-So. Hegman Lake PMA#6-Drag
12-Little Vermillion Lake 29-No. Kawishiwi R. 42-Brule Lake ONLY 58-South Lake 78-Brule Lake Trail PMA#7-Pitfall
14-Little Indian Sioux N. 30-Lake One 43-Bower Trout Lake 60-Duncan Lake 79-Eagle Mtn. Trail PMA#8-Mugwump
16-Moose/Portage R. No. 31-Farm Lake 44-Ram Lake 61-Daniels Lake 80-Larch Creek PMA#9-Humpback
19-Stuart River 32-S. Kawishiwi River 45-Morgan Lake 62-Clearwater Lake 84-Snake River PMA#10-Hairy
20-Angleworm Lake 33-Little Gabbro Lake 47-Lizz/Swamp Lake 64-East Bearskin Lk. 86-Powwow Trail PMA#11-Weasel
21-Angleworm Lake Trail 34-Island River 48-Meeds Lake 66-Crocodile River   PMA#12-Fungus
22-Mudro Lake restricted 35-Isabella Lake 49-Skipper/Portage 67-Bog Lake  
Overlay Maps of the BWCA (showing approximate area of each of the numbered McKenzie(TM) Maps)
Map #1-Pine L. Map #5-Granite R. Rt. Map #9-Snowbank L. Map #13-LacLaCroix Map #17-Fall L. Map #21-Sawbill L.
Map #2-Clearwater L Map #6-Saganaga L. Map #10-Basswood L Map #14-Loon L. Map #18-Lake One  
Map #3-Ball Club Map #7-Tuscarora L. Map #11-Jackfish L. Map #15-Trout L. Map #19-Isabella L.  
Map #4-Gunflint L. Map #8-Knife / Kek L Map #12-Moose River Map #16-Burntside L Map #20-Alton  


Latest Updates to

November 23, 2018 Update:
Added additional information for the following lakes:
Ella Hall Lake, Fall Lake, Hula Lake, Mud Lake and Wood Lake.

Added campsites for: Fall Lake, Mud Lake and Wood Lake

Add portages for: Ella Hall Lake, Fall Lake, Hula Lake, Mud Lake and Wood Lake. Added the Four Mile Portage (aka Long Portage) out to north side of Muskeg Lake from Fall Lake. This portage runs between Fall Lake and Basswood Lake.

Made many additional small updates to the website

Archive of Previous Updates

About this Website:

Welcome! The main purpose of this website is to provide firsthand virtual visits to the BWCA and the Primitive Management Areas. This allows you to see a place you may have visited before in the BWCA or perhaps help you plan a new trip to this area. By clicking on the lakes or other geographic locations shown on this website's maps, you will be taken to that particular places web page.  Your viewpoint will be as if you are actually out there.  You will see from a first person viewpoint, what you would encounter if you were portaging, bushwhacking or canoeing through the area.  You may simply see the beautiful forest, cliffs and glistening water moving by as you paddle along in your canoe, or you may get lucky and see a bald eagle or even a moose.

Reflection Lake - Spider Lake Primitive Management Area BWCA
Reflection Lake - Spider Lake Primitive Management Area

As time goes on, more and more lakes, rivers, creeks, entry points, portages, pictographs and campsites will be added to the website.  This allows you to actually do a virtual trip through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area starting from an entry point or the lake or stream of your choosing.  The maps and links of the website are placed in such a way as to allow you to click on to the next most likely destination along your chosen route, or even change your route midway through your trip.  If you get cabin fever for the BWCA in the middle of winter, this is a way to cure it (at least partially).  Also, you can use this information (photos, videos, descriptions) to remind yourself of an old trip or plan for an upcoming trip (you’ll know what to expect).  This could be particularly useful if you are a first timer to the BWCA.  If you’ve ever sat around your campsite pouring over your BWCA maps, and just wondered what that really remote lake might be like, this website may be able to show you. If you are going to the BWCA with some tenderfoots, this website may be able to help you determine if a portage is too difficult; you'll be able to virtually walk it.

Much of the orginal groundwork for this website is built around the BWCA's Primitive Management Areas (PMA’s), but with the overall goal of eventually showing the entire Boundary Waters (and Quetico Provincial Park too).  PMA's are remote, unmanaged regions of the BWCA designated by the U.S. Forest Service. There are 12 PMA's in the BWCA and they encompass about 1/8th of the entire BWCAW. Many of these PMA areas are seldom seen, even by regular visitors to the BWCA.

The website also is a resource for statistical information.  The website includes information on such things as historical fires, PMA lake depths, water clarity, fish, lake sizes (acres), creek and river lengths and even photos of beaver dams and lodges.  Videos and statistical lists will be continually updated and added over time.

Plukesley Lake in the BWCA Weasel Lake PMA
Plukesley Lake - Weasel Lake Primitive Management Area

Enjoy your trip!

PMA #1: Weeny Lake PMA #4: Tick Lake PMA #7: Pitfall Lake PMA #10: Hairy Lake
PMA #2: Canthook Lake PMA #5: Spider Lake PMA #8: Mugwump Lake PMA #11: Weasel Lake
PMA #3: Sundial Lake PMA #6: Drag Lake PMA #9: Humpback Lake PMA #12: Fungus Lake
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