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Non-Quota Season Rules

Non-Quota Season Rules:
 
A permit is always required when a group goes into the BWCAW.
 
From October 1 through April 30th people use the non-quota, self-issue permit form whether they are 
staying overnight or just in for the day and whether they are using a motor on the motorized areas 
or are travelling without a motor.
 
The BWCAW rules and regulations are the same in both quota and non-quota seasons
with these exceptions:
 
•     Snowmobiles are only allowed in two places in the BWCAW : Crane Lake to Little Vermilion and 
the eastern portion of Saganaga.
 
•     During the ice-travel season, people may camp off of the designated sites. In fact, we prefer 
people camp offsite to avoid messes created when  the snow is deep and the latrines are hard to 
locate.
 
•     When snow is on the ground, fires may be built outside FS fire grates. However, care should 
be taken to locate fires where fire scars will not be left behind. Charred wood should be scattered 
out of sight. The use of a firepan is encouraged.
 
A few rules that stay the same but are sometimes for- gotten:
 
•     No more than 9 people should be gathered togeth- er anywhere in the BWCAW—even at the picto- 
graphs.
•     Groups must have a permit.
•     No cans and bottles.
•     If you packed it in, pack it back out.
•     Cat holes (self made latrines) must be 150 feet from any water source,
       even if the lake or stream is frozen.
 
 
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