Winter Safety Tips

Winter safety tips for traveling on the Superior National Forest

Winter on the Superior is a truly special time of year, from the fresh blankets of snow covering the trails to clear nights perfect for stargazing. We want to make sure you have an enjoyable time while out in the Forest so we encourage everyone to think safety before heading into out for their adventures.

  • Check the weather outlook and be ready for changing conditions. 
  • Carry tire chains, shovel, flashlights, and blankets in your vehicle.
  • Check trail and road conditions before you go.
  • Many national forest roads are not maintained or snowplowed during the winter, so be sure that your vehicle is equipped for winter travel and has a full tank of gas.
  • Wear proper winter clothing and carry extras in case you get wet. You might be warm, dry, and comfortable when you start, but you may get tired and cold as the day wears on.
  • Let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back. Check in when you return.
  • Don’t rely on your cell phone for directions or communications as it may not work in many areas of the Forest.
  • Keep aware of your location. Bring a map, compass, or GPS technology and know how to use it.
  • Watch for other traffic on the road and on the trails and be aware that hunting season may still be underway.
  • Ice is never 100% safe. Use caution while traveling on ice.
  • Wear a life jacket while on ice.
  • Watch for thin ice sign.
  • Snowmobile in groups and stay together.

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