Today, more than 200,000 people visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness each year. This unique natural area is widely appreciated, but for decades the Boundary Waters was the source of a contentious debate. In the years before the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act passed in 1978, tensions decades in the making finally boiled over. In this edition of WTIP North Shore Community Radio’s historical series “History Speaks,” producer Ada Igoe presents the voices of the 1970s Boundary Waters Canoe Area debate in Cook County.
Boundary Waters timelines (natural history and wilderness management versions)
Complete 1964 Wilderness Act
Complete 1978 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act
Chronology of BWCAW actions as related to the Minnesota government
BWCAW page from MN 150 Wiki
Boundary Waters timeline
U.S. Forest Service Boundary Waters page