Bloomberg Law
Feb. 6, 2023, 5:36 PM

Forest Service Sued For Excessive Motorboats in Boundary Waters

Samantha Hawkins
Samantha Hawkins
Legal Reporter

Superior National Forest allows excessive motorboat activity in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in violation of wilderness protection mandates, a conservation group alleged in a new complaint.

Wilderness Watch Inc. claimed that the US Forest Service allowed more than double the statutory cap of motorboat entries on Moose Lake—the busiest entry point in the Boundary Waters—in 2018, the most recent year that the group has been able to obtain data from the agency.

“The towboats are not ‘towing’ passengers who are otherwise incapable of reaching the area via non-motorized craft,” the complaint says. “They are like shuttle buses driving ...