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BWCAW VIOLATION and INAPPROPRIATE USE

REPORTING FORM*


VIOLATIONS

1. What type of violation did you observe? Please circle. Definition of terms available on reverse side.

(illegal motor boat use, illegal off-highway vehicle use, low-flying aircraft, portage wheel violation, illegal snowmobile use, campfire violations, possession of bottles/cans, illegal camping, oversized group, trash disposal)

2. On what lake, campsite, or portage did this violation occur? Please provide as much detail as possible.

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3. What was the time and date upon which you observed this violation? ______a.m./p.m. _____/_____/_____

4. What details can you provide regarding the violation? (Ex: color of OHV, motorboat registration #, aircraft tail #)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

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5. What is your contact information? Information is recommended and only will be used to follow up on reports.

Full Name____________________ Address_____________________________________________________ (street city state zip)

Phone number (______)_______-_________ Email_______________________________________________


INAPPROPRIATE USE

1. What evidence of inappropriate use did you observe? Please circle. Definition of terms available on reverse side.

(latrine overflow, excessive noise from other groups, campsite developments, campsite erosion, extra-wide portages, lack of vacant campsites, excessive portage traffic, frequency of encounters)

2. On what lake, campsite, or portage was this incident observed? Please provide as much detail as possible.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

3. What was the time and date upon which you observed this evidence? _______a.m./p.m. _____/_____/_____

4. What details can you provide regarding the incident you observed?

__________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

5. What is your contact information? Information is recommended and only will be used to follow up on reports.

Full Name____________________ Address_____________________________________________________ (street city state zip)

Phone number (______)_______-_________ Email____________________________________________

other:_________________________________________________________________________________

other:_________________________________________________________________________________

Please mail form to:
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, Suite 290
401 N. Third Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401


Definition of Terms

VIOLATION TERMS:

Illegal motor boat use - No motorized equipment or mechanized transportation (including pontoon boats, sailboats, sailboards) is allowed on any paddle-only lake in the BWCAW. Motor-powered watercraft are permitted only on the following designated lakes:

LAKES WITH A 10 HORSEPOWER LIMIT

On these lakes, the possession of one additional motor no greater than 6 horsepower is permitted, as long as motors in use do not exceed 10 horsepower.

- Clearwater - North Fowl - South Fowl - Seagull (no motors generally west of Three Mile Island) - Sections of Island River within the BWCAW.

LAKES WITH A 25 HORSEPOWER LIMIT

On these lakes or portions of these lakes, the possession of one additional motor no greater than 10 horsepower is permitted, as long as motors in use do not exceed 25 horsepower.

- Basswood (except that portion north of Jackfish Bay and Washington Island) - Saganaga (except that portion west of American Point) – Fall - Newton - Moose - Newfound – Sucker – Snowbank - East Bearskin - South Farm - Trout

LAKES WITH NO HORSEPOWER LIMITS

- Little Vermilion – Loon - Lac La Croix (not beyond the south end of Snow Bay in the U.S.A.) - Loon River.

Illegal OHV use – Off-highway vehicles are illegal in all parts of the BWCAW. This includes ATVs, dirt-bike motorcycles, and 4x4 trucks.

Illegal snowmobile use - Snowmobiles are illegal in all parts of the BWCAW except on the portages between Crane Lake and Little Vermillion Lake in Canada, and on the portages between Seagull River along the eastern portion of Saganaga Lake to Canada.

Low-flying aircraft – It is illegal to fly aircraft lower than 4,000 feet above sea level in the BWCAW. U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security aircraft will be exempt from this law in emergency situations.

Trash disposal – Trash should be stored in plastic bags or containers that must be packed out with you. It is illegal to burn trash in a campfire.

Possession of bottles/cans – Glass bottles and aluminum/metal cans are not allowed in the BWCAW. Exceptions include glass bottles and cans that contain fuel, insect repellant, medicine, personal toiletries, and other necessary items not related to food or beverages.

Illegal camping – It is illegal to reside for more than 14 days on any one campsite. Visitors may only camp at sites specifically designated by the Forest Service. Visitors are not allowed to cut down or remove vegetation from the BWCAW.

Campfire violations - Campfires are only allowed within the steel fire grates at designated campsites or as specifically approved on your visitors permit. Campfires may only be constructed with dead wood lying on the ground. Campfires should not be left unattended.

Updated campfire restrictions on permits must be respected at all times.

Oversized groups – Nine people and four water craft are the maximum allowed together in the BWCAW. You may not exceed the limit at any time or anywhere (on water, portages, campsites) in the BWCAW.

Portage wheel violations – Portage wheels are allowed only on the Prairie portage, Four Mile portage, Fall-Newton-Pipestone portage, and Back Bay portages into Basswood Lake and Vermillion-Trout.

INAPPROPRIATE USE TERMS:

Latrine overflow – Latrines have overflowed and are no longer useable. Latrines may not be used for trash disposal.

Excessive noise from other groups – Singing, yelling, or playing radios undermines the wilderness experience.

Campsite developments – Visitors should refrain from digging trenches around tents to aid drainage, building furniture, fish bins, or trail markers.

Portage erosion – Portages are extra-wide due to excessive use.

Lack of vacant campsites – Visitors are forced to paddle past several campsites during daylight hours to find a vacant site.

Excessive portage traffic – Multiple groups congregate at beginning of portage and/or on the water near portage.

Campsite erosion –Shoreline erosion, many exposed tree roots, damaged trees, and large areas of bare ground and compacted soil due to excessive use.

Frequency of encounters – portage traffic, campsite traffic, or other increased encounters with other parties.

*  Note: A printable form is available on the MFS Website here.
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*  Used with permission of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
Melissa Parker Lindsay, Executive Director
See original at < http://www.friends-bwca.org/pdfs/ViolationForm.pdf  >.

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