Flooding Update: ATV Trails Closed; Roads, Recreation Sites, and BWCAW Impacted
We are experiencing high water levels and flooding, creating unpredictable and hazardous situations for boaters, drivers and even hikers.
- Many roads, trails and portages across the Forest are washed out or flooded.
- Developed, wilderness campgrounds and other recreation areas are flooded and submerged underwater.
- Rivers and streams are very cold and fast moving.
- ATV trails on the Forest remain closed until conditions allow for use.
Please exercise caution, be prepared and call ahead to the local District Ranger office or Cooperator for conditions.
Plan Your Trip
The Superior National Forest offers boundless outdoor experiences including camping, boating, fishing, stargazing, birding, canoeing, skiing, solitude and many more. What are you waiting for?
Superior National Forest in Minnesota's Arrowhead
Your Northland National Forest
Established in 1909, the three-million acre Superior National Forest is the largest national forest east of the Mississippi River. The Forest is located at the southernmost edge of the boreal forest ecosystem and is home to thousands of clean lakes, rocky landscapes, iconic megafauna, colorful fall foliage and has a rich cultural history. Within the bounds of the Forest is the beloved one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Bordered by Canada, Lake Superior and Voyageurs National Park, there's truly a superior experience waiting for you.
Within the bounds of the Forest, the BWCAW is a one-million-acre rugged landscape full of clear lakes, tree-covered islands and boreal forest. A trip into the BWCAW involves adventure, risk, remoteness, a lot of preparation and beauty. Are you ready? Be prepared for your trip using our trip planning guide, reading up on wilderness rules and reviewing the Leave No Trace principles. Keeping the BWCAW pristine and wild starts with you.
If designated wilderness isn't what you're looking for, the Forest offers plenty of other camping and canoeing opportunities. Find your inspiration on our recreation page.
Know before you go: 2022 Fishing Opener Status of fee campgrounds, flooding, ice-covered lakes, and snowy roads variable across the forest
Release Date: May 13, 2022 Duluth, Minn
Started by lightning, the Greenwood Fire was detected on August 15, 2021. In October 2021, the Forest Service deployed a Burn Area Emergency Response team.
Thanks to modern technology, an ancient Native American cooking vessel discovered in the BWCAW has been dated back to 1,750 – 1,600 years ago.
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