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Beaver Basin Wilderness

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Area Management

The Beaver Basin Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Beaver Basin Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Please visit the following website for information on many park topics including sites to visit, requlations, and area maps:


The Beaver Basin Wilderness is open to day hiking and other day use activities (such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing) and there are no current restrictions on the number of day hikers within the Wilderness.

Overnight Backpackers

Overnight backpackers are subject to all of the same requirements and rules and regulations that apply to general backcountry use.

At the present time, there are no additional or special restrictions on individuals or groups within the Beaver Basis Wilderness, above and beyond those required of all backcountry users.

Motorboat/Canoe and Kayak Use

Per the parks General Management Plan and the law which established the Beaver Basin Wilderness, Little Beaver and Beaver Lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

These and all other lakes within the wilderness are open to canoe and kayak use. However, per NPS policy, portage wheels are not allowed within the wilderness.

Hunters and Anglers

Hunting is a permitted use in the park, including the wilderness area. harvest limits and dates and seasons for hunting are the same in the wilderness area as in the rest of the park. Approved hunting methods will be consistent with NPS wilderness management. Per NPS policy, wheeled carts may not be used within the wilderness for game retrieval.

As in the rest of the park backcountry, fishing is allowed in accordance with State regulations.

Winter Use

The Beaver Basin Wilderness is open to winter use, under the same terms as the remainder of the park backcountry.

Stock Use

No stock use is permitted within the park backcountry, including the Beaver Basin Wilderness.

American Indian Treaty Rights and Access

Several Lake Superior Chippewa tribes have hunting and gathering rights guaranteed by treaty in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, including the wilderness area. The National Park Service will honor those legally established rights and cooperate with the tribes holding those rights. American Indian access also will be permitted in the wilderness for sacred or religious purposes consistent with the intent of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, Executive Order 13007: “Indian Sacred Sites” of May 24, 1996, the Wilderness Act, and related laws and policies.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

NPS management policies ensure that equal opportunities are available for people with disabilities in all programs and activities, including the opportunity to participate in wilderness experiences. In addition, under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and 29 CFR part 17, the National Park Service has legal obligations to ensure that no person who has a disability is denied the opportunity to participate in a program solely because they have a disability. All people, including those who have disabilities, are to be allowed to participate as long as they are able “to achieve the purpose of the program or activity without modification to that program or activity that fundamentally alters the nature of that program or activity.”

In the case of the Beaver Basin Wilderness, all visitors will be encouraged to enjoy the wilderness on its own terms. Few additional facilities are anticipated and those that are constructed will only be added if they provide essential environmental protection and are appropriate to the setting. In those cases, the facility design will be accessible consistent with federal law and NPS policy. Whenever feasible, the National Park Service will go beyond the legal requirements and make the facilities as accessible as possible using a wilderness-appropriate primitive design. The park staff will work to adopt best practices with regard to accessibility in the Beaver Basin Wilderness.

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