Bringing Your Own Boat to Northwind Lodge


Bringing your own boat? We do charge a one time launch fee of $25 per private boat and will provide dock space if it's available.
Please note that we do not have a concrete launch ramp and Jasper Lake does not have a public access. You will need to launch on our beach which is sand. To get to the beach, you will need to drive down a pretty steep hill so if you have a large heavy boat with a large outboard you may want to reconsider bringing the boat unless your vehicle is suitable for more difficult terrain.
Permits and Restrictions for Outboards: We are surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area which is a federally designated wilderness area. While our lake Jasper has no motor restrictions, all the large waters near us (Snowbank, Moose, Fall) are limited to motor restrictions of 25 HP or less AND a special motor use permit is required to access these waters with outboard motors. Securing permits for these large lakes is not easy as they are very limited in numbers. Generally, if you don't make your permit reservation for a BWCA day-use motor permit in February, you won't be able to acquire a day-use motor permit when you arrive. Remember, these are federal laws, not our rules and they do not apply to Jasper Lake.
Bringing your own canoe or kayak? Feel free to bring it. You will also be able to use it anywhere in the BWCA at any entry point as well as on Jasper Lake. You will need to write yourself a permit at each entry point you visit. There is no charge and motorless access is unrestricted.

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