Rockhounding is amateur geology - looking for interesting rocks and formations that illustrate part of the long history of our planet. The exposed bedrock of the Superior lets a rockhound see parts of history that are buried deep beneath the surface on much of the rest of the planet. Please look, but don't break apart rocks or rock formations during your explorations.
Welcome to the Gunflint Ranger District! This area is the most Northeastern portion of the Forest, stretching from near Lake Superior all the way to the Canandian Border. The district office is located right in the town of Grand Marais. Follow the Gunflint trail which is a designated National Scenic Byway to one of the many opportunities this district offers.
Welcome to the Tofte Ranger District. The geography of this area runs from the rocky shores of Lake Superior to the miniature mountains of the Sawtooth Range. There are plenty of lakes, lots of forest, and miles of wilderness. Recreational opportunities abound with campgrounds of all sorts, trails for hiking, skiing, and motor use, and multiple entry points to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The District office is located in the town of Tofte, right on scenic Minnesota Highway 61. Maps and some gift items are for sale at the office.
Find a spot for you by following the links to the activities listed below, or find a recreation area by name by expanding the Tofte portion of the "Find an Area" section to the right.