This past fall the U.S. Forest Service made the announcement they were getting rid of the lottery process for Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. Instead those wanting to travel into the BWCAW, can now go to a website and see what is available and make their selection for a permit. So it's first come first serve and permits are availble now. Actually I did a little spot checking for some summer dates at various entry points and it looks like permits are plentiful now. So if your thinking of a trip into the Boundary Waters this summer, now is a great time to secure your permits. You can do that here.