LaCroix Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

LaCroix Ranger District Office

Welcome to the LaCroix Ranger District.  The landscape in this area is covered with dense forest and spotted with numerous lakes.  Destination highlights include the Vermilion River and its falls and gorge, the Echo Trail, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Also nearby is scenic Lake Vermilion.  Recreational activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and much more.  

The district office and visitor center is located in the town of Cook on US Hwy 53 midway between Duluth and International Falls.  The log visitor center has regional information, many wildlife mounts, and a gift shop with maps, books, and other items for sale. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Superior National Forest has placed closures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) effective July 17, 2021, due to wildfires along the international border in Canada. Closure OrderMap and News Release BWCAW Closures expanded near US- Canada Border due to wildfires (7/18/2021) Closure Order and Map
Operational Hours: Office hours and information 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Phone:  218-666-0020                                                     Address:  320 N Hwy 53, Cook, MN  55723

General Information


From the south, continue on Highway 53 North through Cook.  Look for the sign on the left hand side of highway just north of Cook. 


Visitor parking lot located on the south side of visitor center. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at LaCroix Ranger District

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at LaCroix Ranger District

Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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