Water Resources of the Superior National Forest

The Superior National Forest is treasured for its abundant water resources.    Within the forest boundaries are 445,000 acres of surface water.   Clean, clear, and productive water is a big reason that people come to the Superior National Forest to fish, swim, boat, camp, and enjoy scenery.  

  • Total surface water:   more than 445,000 acres or 695 square miles
  • Lakes: contains nearly half of the Eastern Region's lakes, and 20% ( total 440,000 acres) of the National Forest System fresh water (more than 2,000 lakes that are at least 10 acres in size)
  • Streams :   nearly a quarter of the Eastern Region's streams ( 3,400 miles total):   1,300 miles of cold water and 950 miles of warm water habitat


For more information about our aquatics and fisheries program, click here.