Staci Drouillard
Boundary Waters Podcast

WTIP talks to Maggie Whiting of the USFS ahead of the Jan. 31 “Go Live” BWCAW Permit Season

Catch this timely interview with Maggie Whiting, a USFS information specialist from the Kawishiwi District, who tells us everything we need to know ahead of the January 31st “Go Live” start of the BWCAW permit season. She covers all the details, to make sure that your permit reservation experience goes as smoothly as possible. The topics covered include:

  • Creating a user profile at
  • Using the newest version of Chrome and logging in ahead of the 9 a.m. start on January 31st
  • Having three different dates, and three different entry point options picked out, just in case
  • Getting your group together, including a trip leader, plus up to three, alternate trip leaders as a backup
  • What to do if you make a mistake, or if you need to cancel your reservation
  • Where to get help with the reservation process, including the helpline for, which is: 1-877-444-6777
  • Refreshing yourself and your fellow paddlers with the BWCAW rules and regulations, and how to plan a route that fits your needs, which is all covered in the USFS Trip Planning Guide

Here’s a transcript of the full interview: Maggie Whiting USFS Information Specialist