About the Forest
Over 445,000 acres or 695 square miles of the forest is surface water. In addition, more than 1,300 miles of cold water streams and 950 miles of warm water streams flow within the boundaries of the Superior. Fish species such as walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout can be found in abundance in these waters. The northern forest community thrives with its pine, fir and spruce trees and is home to numerous wildlife species including deer, moose, gray wolf, and black bear.
Three million acres of land, water, rock, and trees cover the Superior National Forest. This landscape is home to a variety of plant, fish and wildlife species.
The Superior National Forest is known locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for providing a variety of quality recreation opportunities. The Superior is the eighth most visited national forest in the nation.
The Superior is renowned for its vast remote settings, as well as the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Statistical data about the forest.
The Forest is made up of the following staff areas.
Alerts & Warnings
- Flooding impacts BWCAW, Roads and Recreation Across Forest; ATV Trails Closed
- Greenwood Closure Area Updated May 10, 2022
- Closure: Some Trails End Campsites and Nearby Rec Areas
- Border Route Trail Tornado and Current Conditions
- Spring road wt restrictions: St Louis, Lake, Cook County, see Current Conditions
- Sturgeon River Trail Partial Closure