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BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS

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The researchers are studying some of the state’s cleanest, most pristine lakes, both within and just outside the wilderness area. They’re trying to figure out why the algae situation is unexpectedly changing.
In 2021, 166,374 people visited the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota, according to the U.S. Forest Service's Permit & Visitor Use Report.
The Pagami Creek fire burned a big swathe of the southern BWCA. Echo Press reporter, Karen Tolkkinen, recently took a vacation there with her family and gives readers a look at how the area has bounced back a little more than a decade later.
An eight-legged camp visitor wowed us with its engineering prowess.
Mike Ward took five days, 10 hours to paddle 250 miles standing up.
The company and its supporters want an environmental review of its project, not a blanket ban or study on hypothetical projects within the watershed.

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The wooden steps were replaced with native stone in a grueling hand-tool project this summer.
The permits allow visitors to cross the border in certain remote areas — including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area — without reporting to Canadian border officials.
The study will inform the federal government on whether to place a 20-year ban on that type of mining in the watershed.

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