The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Located in Northeastern Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has a million acres of wilderness, with over 1000 pristine lakes and streams, and over 1500 miles of canoe routes. It is considered by some as the most beautiful wilderness they have ever seen. National Geographic named it one of 50 Destinations of a Lifetime. In other words, a vacation you do not want to miss! The BWCA is a true wilderness experience, without motors, no electricity, no telephone lines, and no roads to the inner lakes. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Boundary Waters. Photo - Rockwood Lodge and Canoe Outfitters. Located on the shore of Poplar Lake, we are surrounded by Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the Minnesota-Canadian border. Photo - McGuiness22 2011 BWCA Photo contest.