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




Location of 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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March is Wildfire Awareness Month 


FIRE Information        Wildland firefighter

Forest Managers use prescribed fire to reduce dangerous fuels and reduce risk of difficult to control, large wildfires.

 Learn about prescribed fire on the Superior...



The Forest Service and State of Minnesota are cooperating to transfer ownership of 83,000 acres of State school trust lands inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to the federal government. As part of a strategy involving one-third exchange and two-thirds purchase, the Forest Service is currently inviting public review and comment on a proposed land exchange. Five public open houses are planned where staff will be available to explain the proposed land exchange . DETAILS

Superior National Forest managers are conducting a study of 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. For more information, visit ROAD STUDY AHEAD.

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In their own words, youth share why the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and all Wilderness is Totally Worth It... to visit and enjoy anytime of the year.

Video of children speaking about wilderness values


GEOTOURISM MAP GUIDE - National Geographic, Superior National Forest, and Partners Announce New Geotourism MapGuide and WebsiteTravelers seeking unspoiled places and culturally authentic experiences now have a valuable new resource in a comprehensive, web-based Geotourism MapGuide for the Heart of the Continent region. Superior National Forest and other members of the Heart of the Continent Partnership worked with the National Geographic Society to develop the online interactive map and mobile app.  The intent is to promote a region-wide vision which highlights the outstanding landscape and enduring people of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario, Canada. The Heart of the Continent includes more than 5 million acres of public land that cross the international border. Learn more about the Partnership and the new MapGuide.


The Forest Service is accepting bids on the former Ely Service Center site in Ely, MN which includes 2.74 acres and buildings. Details and directions regarding bidding available on General Services Administration website.



The Arbor Day Foundation is featuring the Superior National Forest as the Trees in Memory and Trees in Celebration national forest

Through this program, people may make donations to the Foundation and receive commemorative cards celebrating an event or in memory of a loved one.  With each donation, the Foundation commits to plant trees on the designated Forest. 

To learn more, go to:Foundation logo 



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

Recent News


Moose in Minnesota


Tribal governments, agencies and organizations have teamed up to gather more information that may explain higher than expected mortality of adult moose and a noticeable decrease in reported moose sightings over the past few years. 

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islands on lake superior at 20 below zero

A promise to future generations.

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Air quality cam spotlight

The Boreal Forest

This archived image is from a webcam which is part of our air quality monitoring system.  Click for current images of the Forest.

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.