Certain points of entry to BWCA still closed

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It’s one of the most popular recreation spots in Minnesota but right now there are 13 entry points along the western edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) that are closed through Friday. Permits for those areas have been canceled and refunded.

Dry conditions and ongoing fires are making certain parts dangerous for travelers who flock to the popular area to canoe, hike and camp.

"I would describe northern Minnesota as very dry right now. We have fire restrictions and campfire restrictions throughout the state," said Sarah Shapiro, with Minnesota Incident Command System.

"We evaluate closure areas every day. We monitor and talk with Canada every day. We are constantly flying over Superior National Forest looking for fires and making sure things are safe," Shapiro added.

For travelers who need to cancel plans, the U.S. Forest Service is recommending a handful of similar locations that don’t require permits such as Birch Lake, Island River Canoe Route and Twin Lakes.

About two-thirds of BWCA entry points are still open. It’s possible to get a permit for a different point of entry, but demand is high right now, and it depends on the time and place. You can check for permits here.