Date set for Boundary Waters permit do-over
Superior National Forest officials on Friday set a new date for BWCAW visitors to apply for permits for the 209 summer season.
Applications will open at www.recreation.gov on Feb. 27 on a first come, first served basis.
The permits originally were available on Jan. 30, but the system was quickly shut down when it became clear some applicants were not being allowed to access the application page on the website.
The U.S. Forest Service decided to nullify all permits issued on that day and start over from scratch. Anyone who got through that day can get a refund at recreation.gov.
"We deeply regret the difficulty this has caused, and I want to thank the members of the community who are working with us to make this transition to an online reservation system successful," said Connie Cummins, Superior National Forest supervisor. "Our goal is to ensure the reservation system provides a fair and open means for the public to visit the Boundary Waters and support the local businesses that depend on this special place."
More than 100,000 people visit the BWCAW between May 1 and Sept. 30 each year, the period during which permits are limited.