Tofte Ranger District

Area Status: Open
Tofte Ranger District

Welcome to the Tofte Ranger District.  The geography of this area runs from the rocky shores of Lake Superior to the miniature mountains of the Sawtooth Range.  There are plenty of lakes, lots of forest, and miles of wilderness.  Recreational opportunities abound with campgrounds of all sorts, trails for hiking, skiing, and motor use, and multiple entry points to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  The District office is located in the town of Tofte, right on scenic Minnesota Highway 61.  Maps and some gift items are for sale at the office.

Find a spot for you by following the links to the activities listed below, or find a recreation area by name by expanding the Tofte portion of the "Find an Area" section to the right.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Office hours and information 
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


The Tofte Ranger District Office is located on MN Hwy 61 on the southwest edge of the town of Tofte.  It is approximately 83 miles, or one and three quarters hours, from Duluth.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Tofte Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Tofte Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at Tofte Ranger District

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at Tofte Ranger District

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at Tofte Ranger District

Visitor Programs

Naturalist programs are offered at a variety of resorts and campgrounds along the North Shore through the Resort Naturalist Program.  This program is cooperatively funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Cook County Visitor Bureau.  All naturalist programs are free of charge and open to everyone.  Activities including hikes and campfires are scheduled Tuesday through Saturday every week during the summer.

For a schedule of programs and locations, click here.

Visitor Centers

While the Tofte Ranger District office is not a Visitor Center, there are some interpretive displays and staff is on hand to supply information, issue BWCAW permits, and otherwise answer visitor questions.


Areas for Picnicking at Tofte Ranger District

Group Picnicking

Areas for Group Picnicking at Tofte Ranger District


Areas for Rockhounding at Tofte Ranger District

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Tofte Ranger District


Areas for Skiing/Snowboarding at Tofte Ranger District


Areas for Mushing/Skijoring at Tofte Ranger District

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Tofte Ranger District


Click on the area below for a general map of snowmobile trails on the Tofte Ranger District.

Areas for Snowmobiling at Tofte Ranger District