Orders of the Forest Supervisor

As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors.

These rules are available to you on-line below or at any office of the Ottawa National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. If you have additional questions please call your local Forest Service Office for clarification.

In addition, the Forest Supervisor may issue Special Orders and Closures that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises. Emergency closure orders will be posted as an Alert so visitors to the Forest can reasonably be expected to be familiar with them.

Below you will find a listing of Forest closures, organized alphabetically. The alpha-numeric code at the end is the closure order number, provided for reference.


  • Alcohol and Drugs Within the Ottawa National Forest R907-21-01 (pdf)
  • Camp Nesbit Organizational Camp R907-21-09 (pdf)
  • Mine Closure - All NFS Lands on the Ottawa National Forest R907-21-08 (pdf)
  • National Forest System Roads and Trails Order R907-21-03 (pdf)
  • Occupancy and Use Order 5300/09/07/01/07 Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests (pdf)
  • Occupancy and Use R907-21-04 (pdf)
  • Off-Highway Vehicles and Oversnow Vehicles R907-21-05 (pdf)
  • Fire, Operating Internal and External Combustion Engines, and Fireworks R907-21-02 (pdf)
  • Sylvania Perimeter Area Order R907-21-06 (pdf)
  • Wilderness Order R907-21-07 (pdf)
  • Forest Road 2270 Closure R0907-20-01 (pdf)


Temporary Closure Orders

  • TERMINATED - Temporary Closure Order - Developed Recreation Sites (pdf) (closure termination)
  • Lake Superior Performance Rally R0907-19-03 (pdf) : Effective October 18, 2019 to October 19, 2019