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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Fire Information

Foss Lake Fire  is located 6 miles from Ely, MN in St. Louis County, one mile west of the southwestern edge of Burntside Lake, north of Foss Lake, south of Crab Lake. It started May 19 and burned north into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).  BWCAW Entry Point #4 Crab Lake has been closed along with an area inside the BWCAW. There is no threat to the towns of Ely, Winton, Tower or Soudan. No structures are threatened.  Updates regarding the Foss Lake Fire will be posted on InciWeb.

Updates regarding other fire activity on the Superior National Forest (both wildland fire and prescribed fire) as well as across the country, are available at:  InciWeb, the National Incident Information System.

For current fire restrictions and fire information in other areas of Minnesota, see the Minnesota Incident Command System web page. 

Prescribed Fire on the Forest

nullSuperior National Forest managers use prescribed fire to reduce dangerous fuel loads to decrease the risk of a quick-spreading large wildfire. Prescribed fire is also a useful tool for preparing a site for regeneration, restoring certain forest types, and maintaining wildlife openings or other habitat enhancement.  Learn more about Fire and Fuels management.

Information about current active prescribed fire projects is posted on


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.

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 year  VISITOR 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


Faces of the Forest Service

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America's Great Outdoors

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A promise to future generations.

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Air quality cam spotlight

Image from air cam in summer

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.