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Minnesota Routes divide naturally into
1. Routes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (the vast majority of MN Routes).
2. Interior Routes outside the BWCAW (including those in Voyageurs National Park and the portion of Superior National Forest not contained in the BWCAW). The reason for this long-winded definition is that the BWCAW is part of Superior National Forest. And I should mention that Voyageurs National Park adjoins the BWCAW to the west.
3. Routes on Lake Superior; these require different equipment and different skills than do the Interior Routes.

BWCAW
As described below, CCR's Route information for the BWCAW is highly structured and the only reasonable place to post the following Information blurb is here.

BWCAW. Information.
Entry points, permits, etc.
Ed note: The term "Entry point", more formally "Entrance", is not to be taken literally: it is not generally the put-in point (where the boat gets wet).
http://www.recreation.gov/permits/Bound ... rkId=72600
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.
http://www.friends-bwca.org/
Boundary Waters Journal.
http://www.boundarywatersjournal.com
BWCAW Images.
http://www.google.ca/search?q=Boundary+ ... 66&bih=648
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Information Resource.
http://www.bwca.com/
BWCA Paddler.
http://ltsully.proboards.com/index.cgi?
]BWCAW Videos.
Source: canoeing.com
http://www.bwcacast.com/
BWCAWiki.
http://www.bwcawiki.org/wiki/Main_Page
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Community Discussion Board.
http://bwcaboard.com/
Canoe Country.
http://www.canoecountry.com/
Canoe Stories.
http://www.canoestories.com/
Canoeing.com.
http://www.canoeing.com/destinations/bwca/index.htm
Overview map.
http://www.canoecountry.com/about/index.htm
Quiet Journey.
http://www.quietjourney.com/
Portage database, Quiet Journey.
http://www.quietjourney.com/pdb/boundarywaters.html
BWCAW, Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_W ... Wilderness
Boundary Waters, Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_Waters
bwca.com campsite information.
http://www.bwca.com/index.cfm?fuseactio ... 39&zoom=9#
BWCA map images, portage data and campsite data.
http://w3.cs.jmu.edu/arch/hobbies/camp/maps/bwca/
Fisher Maps.
http://www.fishermaps.com/fisher-maps/
McKenzie Maps.
http://www.bwcamaps.com/combinedbwca.htm
Voyageur Maps.
http://www.voyageurmaps.com/
PaddleNav BWCA GPS Map (Red Pine Mapping).
http://www.redpinemapping.com/paddlenav ... 1c62033695
National Geographic Society Maps.
1. Boundary Waters Canoe Area East. Superior National Forest Trails Illustrated Map. (2010).
2. Boundary Waters Canoe Area West. Superior National Forest Trails Illustrated Map. (2010).
3. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Map Pack. (2011?).
Ahlgren, Clifford and Isabel. Lob Trees in the Wilderness: The Human and Natural History of the Boundary Waters. University of Minnesota Press (2001).
Apps, Jerry and Steve. Campfires and Loon Calls: Travels in the Boundary Waters. Fulcrum Publishing (2011).
Beymer, Robert Beymer and Louis Dzierzak. Boundary Waters Canoe Area: Eastern Region. Wilderness Press (2009).
Beymer, Robert Beymer and Louis Dzierzak. Boundary Waters Canoe Area: Western Region. Wilderness Press (2009).
Breining, Greg; and Layne Kennedy. Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters-Quetico Wilderness. Minnesota Historical Society Press (2010).
Churchill, James E. Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park. Falcon (2003).
Crowley, Kate; and Mike Link. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Voyageur Press (1988).
Gruchow, Paul. Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild. Milkweed Editions (1999).
Heinselman, Miron. Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem. University of Minnesota Press (1999).
Jacobson, Cliff. Boundary Waters Canoe Camping. Globe Pequot (2000).
Jordahl, Van; and Gerald Strom. 20 Great BWCA Trips: Exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Adventure Publications (2011).
Kerfoot, Justine. Woman of the Boundary Waters: Canoeing, Guiding, Mushing, and Surviving. University of Minnesota Press (1994).
Lund, Duane R. Our Historic Boundary Waters from Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods. Adventure Publications (1980).
Nielsen, Nancy J. Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota. Crestwood House (1990).
Pauly, Daniel. Exploring the Boundary Waters: A Trip Planner and Guide to the BWCAW. University of Minnesota Press (2005).
Proescholdt, Kevin; Miron Heinselman and Rip Rapson. Troubled Waters: The Fight for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. North Star Press, St Cloud (1996).
Rom, William N. Canoe Country Wilderness: Canoe Trails and Tales from the BWCA, Quetico and Beyond. Voyageur Press (1990).
Ed note: I have seen also the subtitle A guide's canoe trails through the BWCA and Quetico, which I believe refers to the same book.
Rutstrum, Calvin. Once upon a Wilderness and many other books. University of Minnesota Press (2002).
Stebbins, Jerry; and Mark Breining.Boundary Waters. Nodin Press (1992).
Stresau, Marion. Canoeing the Boundary Waters: The Account of One Family's Explorations. Signpost Books (1979).
Weidemann, Dennis. This Water Goes North. Manitenahk Books (2008).
Wilbers, Stephen. A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time. The History Press (2011).

Sorting Routes within the BWCAW.
Given the large number (hundreds) of Route descriptions available, the only reasonable way to file them is by entry point (which are numbered as well as named). And given the large number of entry points, a reasonable scheme for listing them is required.
To my mind, that scheme should be chosen so that entry points near each other geographically appear near each other in the list, and so a purely alphabetical sort of entry points is out of the question. A purely numerical sort (largely achieved at bwca.com) is also unsatisfactory to me.
I have chosen the scheme used by Beymer and Dzierak in their books listed above, namely a first sort according to access road, followed by a second sort by geographical location. Here is the result:
Western BWCAW
Echo Trail (South) and MN Hwy 1-169
Entry points 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39254
Echo Trail (North)
Entry points 12, 14, 16, 19, 20, 77, 22-23.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39253
Fernberg Road
Entry points 24, 25, 26, 27-28, 29, 30, 31.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39252
MN Hwy 1
Entry points 32, 33, 84, 75, 67, 34, 35.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39251
Eastern BWCAW
Sawbill Trail
Entry points 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39250
Gunflint Trail (West)
Entry points 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39249
Gunflint Trail (East) and Arrowhead Trail
Entry points 80, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70.
Routes are posted at
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 57&t=39248