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, and skiing.  

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FIRE Management on the Forest        Wildland firefighter

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RX FIRES PLANNED WEEK OF OCTOBER 5 AND 12 -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...                                                   



  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).


SCHOOL TRUST LAND EXCHANGE  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.   DETAILS 




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 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.




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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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.