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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The BWCAW 2017 lottery application period begins December 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. CST through January 11, 2017, 9:00 p.m. CST. The lotView of BWCAW in the springtery is for the following entry points and dates: Fall Lake entry points D (Fall Lake, Newton Lake, Pipestone and Beyond) and 24 (Fall Lake); Moose Lake entry points F (Moose Lake to Newfound and Sucker Lakes), G (Moose Lake to Prairie Portage to Basswood Lake) and 25 (Moose Lake) for dates between May 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017. Lottery results will be available on January 18, 2017. Reservations for all entry points can be made on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

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 priority for crews was to clear roads, then major trails, recreation sites, wilderness portages, then wilderness trails.  Some trails inside the BWCAW, including a section of the western Kekekabic Trail and connectors are still covered with debris.  Forest managers recommend that hikers not attempt to travel these trails for the time being. While there are no emergency closures on the Superior National Forest, visitors are cautioned that conditions are still hazardous in these 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 northeast Minnesota (MN), the USDA Photos of standing dead birch surrounded by brushForest 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

 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.