Our Mission

The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee’s mission is to preserve existing historic and intrinsically beautiful trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of the Superior National Forest.

We accomplish our mission through:

  • Stewardship — organizing trail clearing trips

  • Education — increasing awareness through presentations and local events

  • Advocacy — lobbying to U.S. Forest Service & Congress to keep trails maintained and opened for hikers

The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. BWAC was established in 2002 and has always been an all-volunteer organization.


H.R.845 - National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

Following the passage of the National Forest Trails Systems Stewardship Act the BWAC wrote a comment letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, requesting that BWCA wilderness hiking trails, and specifically the Powwow Trail be selected as demonstration projects of US Forest Service cooperation with volunteer groups. BWAC acknowledges hard work of Minnesota representatives Rick Nolan and Tim Walz who co-sponsored the FFSTSA. Thank you.


Powwow Trail

In 2016, the BWAC recruited crews to help the USDA Forest Service (USFS) clean up the six mile section of the Powwow hiking trail that Forest Service allows to be maintained. BWAC intended that working under sponsorship of Fournier Outdoor Services in cooperation with USFS will lead to permission to clear remainder of the trail.


Powwow Trail Clearing progress