The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern corner of Minnesota.
Where is this Forest?



Location of Forest Welcome to the forest

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, and skiing.

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A decorated Christmas TreeIf you are starting to look ahead and think about gathering greens for your holiday wreath or garland, read the guidance for collecting on the Forest.   And here is something special for 2015: In support of Every Kid in a Park during November and December this year, the Forest Service will offer one free holiday tree cutting permit to fourth graders who present a valid paper or durable Every Kid in a Park pass. The U.S. Forest Service is among the federal agencies that support the Administration’s Every Kid in a Park initiative, a nationwide initiative to involve fourth graders and their families in federal public lands and to help develop a generation who will care for those lands. For more information, visit 

  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 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.


GEOTOURISM MAP GUIDE - National Geographic, Superior National Forest, and Partners launched a new Geotourism MapGuide and website earlier this year.   Learn more.




Under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools Act, funds are authorized for projects that protect, restore, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat; improve the maintenance of existing Forest Service infrastructure; protect and enhance ecosystems on the national forests; and restore and improve land health and water quality. 


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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.