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JBMasterAngler

I just thought about this today, but if the shutdown lasts through the summer, will national forest campgrounds be closed? What about the boundary waters? I was planning on reserving an overnight pass online at the end of the month, but unless a miracle happens, I won’t be able to.

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monstermoose78

No go for getting a permit and it would be closed. Huge loss for towns like Ely 

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Villa5

Your a tax paying american, just pick a secluded entry point and go on your own....dont let Uncle Sam tell you what you can and cannot do! 

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JBMasterAngler

If I was just going paddling around for a day, then yeah, I wouldn’t even worry about it. But I’m looking to get an overnight motor pass for Basswood Lake. I won’t be up there until September, so I’d really like to believe everything will be up and running by then. However, if it’s not, I’m guessing the truck portage wouldn’t be open. I’m not quite as concerned about the campgrounds. The national forest campgrounds I’m looking at are more rustic anyway, so they’re really aren’t any services anyway.

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Esox62

I went into the BWCA a few years back during a shutdown and things were business as usual for the outfitters. from what I remember they said the only thing different would be that the dnr folks were short staffed. It feels different this time though so who knows. That time the government seemed sympathetic to folks who had plans that were affected, this time not so much. 

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LUCIFER

Basswood motor permits are hard to come by. Be ready and get it the first day that permits are offered. JIM P.

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JBMasterAngler

This may be old news, but I came across this upon visiting the recreation.gov website today...the permit reservation system will be available despite the government shutdown this upcoming Wednesday morning. It did advise that if the government is still shutdown during the dates you intend to visit, there may be some issues. So anyway, that’s good news.

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leech~~

What? And After Trump caved in?  😮

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JBMasterAngler

Well, website didn’t work today. Lot’s of very upset people on the bwca messageboards. Supposedly will be up and running tomorrow. 

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chaffmj

I only spent about an hour trying. I had got a date selected but then it wouldn't let me book it. Very frustrating!

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Harv

Very frustrating!   

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JBMasterAngler

Also, the few people that were able to reserve a pass, will have to do it all over again, as they will be canceled and refunded.

 

My boundary water pass history is limited to fishing sea gull, sag, and snowbank lakes, where I could easily get a motor pass on the same day I planned to fish those lakes. Today was the first time I’ve ever tried on “opening day”. I didn’t know that it was such a big event for so many people! So many people were mad because they took off from work to reserve a pass today.

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