The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern corner of Minnesota.
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Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. The concept of "all lands" management maintains strong partnerships and collaboration across the landscape. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ice fishing.  Links to more recreational activities can be found on the left sidebar under Recreation.

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Prescribed Fires Planned in the Boundary Waters null

During September and October, the Superior National Forest plans to conduct up to four prescribed fires within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The prescribed fires are intended to reduce the risk of wildfires that could threaten people and property outside of the Wilderness.  The risk for large, difficult to control wildfires resulted from a1999 massive windstorm that caused thousands of acres of trees to be blown-down on the Forest and in the Wilderness.  To address this persistent threat, the Forest Service intends to conduct prescribed burn operations in four units: two located in the Gunflint Trail area, one north of Ely near Prairie Portage, and one west of Ely near Crab Lake. The exact timing and sequence of the prescribed fires will be primarily dependent on weather conditions. Details regarding the planned prescribed fires.  More about fire and fuels management.

Bids for Concession Operations of Superior National Forest Recreation Areas

Bids are being solicited for the operation of three campgrounds on the Tofte Ranger District. Applicants can apply to operate any or all of the recreation areas offered in the prospectus. Sealed bids will be received by the District Ranger until 4:30 PM CST on Friday, December 2, 2016. More information is available in the prospectus and its referenced appendices.

WIND STORM CAUSES DAMAGE ACROSS SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST – Early on July 21, 2016, a powerful wind storm swept across northeast Minnesota, blowing down trees in areas of the Superior National Forest, including an area inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Many roads and trails were blocked by downed trees within and around the Forest. The interagency response to this emergency has involved Lake and St. Louis Counties, Morse/Fall Lake First Responders, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, local ambulance and helicopter services and local businesses working along side the Forest Service. While there are no emergency closures on the Superior National Forest, visitors are cautioned that conditions are still hazardous in some areas. DETAILS


USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Forest Service support North Shore Coastal Forest Restoration

Through the Joint Chiefs’ Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Partnership in Photos of standing dead birch surrounded by brushnortheast Minnesota (MN), the USDA Forest Service (FS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are investing funds and technical expertise to support ongoing efforts to restore and protect forest health, maintain clean water, and improve wildlife habitat in the MN North Shore Coastal Forest.



The new Land and Resources Management Planning regulations (36 CFR 219) published in 2012 changed Forest Plan monitoring program requirements. All units that will not initiate a revision to their Forest Plan prior to May 9, 2016, must update their monitoring programs to meet the requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule (referred to as monitoring program transition).  What this means for Superior National Forest.

Forest Service and State of MN Boost Collaborative Forest Management Through Good Neighbor Authority

February 2, 2016 - Duluth, MN. In a move that will boost collaborative management of Minnesota’s forest lands, the U.S. Forest Service has signed a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) master agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).U.S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources to Utilize GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY to Restore Forest and Watershed Health in Minnesota

  National survey will occur on SNF this yearVISITOR USE SURVEY ON SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST

Beginning October 1, and continuing through the coming year, you may see Forest Service employees wearing uniforms and bright orange vests in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service Roads within the Superior National Forest. They will be near a sign that says "Traffic Survey Ahead". These folks are well-trained interviewers who want to know about your visit to the Superior National Forest. The information they are collecting helps the Forest Service understand and manage effectively for visitor use on the Forest. Please stop to answer the brief survey. This activity is part of an on-going national survey called National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM).

The Recreation Enhancement Act Supports Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Programs on the Forest

Collected fees come back to maintain services and conserve resources on the Forest.


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Superior National Forest managers are conducting a study of National Forest System (NFS) roads across the Forest. This roads study, referred to as “Subpart A,” is part of the implementation of the national 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212.   To learn more, visit the Planning page


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This archived image is from a webcam which is part of our air quality monitoring system.  Click for more information.

WTIP Radio Hosts "Tofte and Gunflint Ranger District Update"

Recreation and road updates for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts

Superior National Forest together with WTIP 90.7 FM Grand Marais community radio is broadcasting weekly updates for visitors planning a trip into the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts.