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Boundary Waters drops lottery system

The Forest Service will start handing out permits on a first-come, first-served basis next year. The Forest Service has quotas at entry points to ensure there are enough campsites.
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The Forest Service will start handing out permits on a first-come, first-served basis next year. The Forest Service has quotas at entry points to ensure there are enough campsites.

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