Recreation


Sunset overlooking Lake Superior

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Explore the Superior National Forest

2,000 miles of trails designed for hiking, hunting, riding and more. The Forest offers an expansive variety of ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. It’s All Yours!

  • Camp on one of the many developed "fee", or backcountry campsites, most of which are on a body of water.
  • Boat, fish, swim or picnic at one of lake accesses, fishing piers, swimming beaches, or picnic areas.
  • Drive on one of three national scenic byways.
  • Explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with over 800,000 acres it is the largest designated wilderness in the eastern.
  • Know Before You Go

    Get the most out of your visit by being prepared. Remember you are responsible for your own safety.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
Border Route Trail None Parts of the Border Route Trail near Clearwater Lake were damaged in a wind event on October 14, 2021.  Hiking in that area is not recommended until crews can clear fallen trees and other damage.
Cadotte Lake Campground Open
Crescent Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
Devil Track Lake Campground Open
Divide Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
East Bearskin Lake Campground Open
Echo Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
Fall Lake Campground Open
Fenske Lake Campground Open
Flour Lake Campground Open Opens May 14, 2022.
Gunflint Ranger District Open
Iron Lake Campground Open
Kawishiwi Ranger District Open
Kimball Lake Campground Open
LaCroix Ranger District Open
LaCroix Winter Recreation Trails Open See individual trail webpages for links to current conditions.
Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
Laurentian Ranger District Open Open, except indefinite closure of part of the Sturgeon River Trail. See Alerts for more details.
Little Isabella River Campground Open
McDougal Lake Campground Closed Closed for site rehabilitation.
McDougal Lake Trail Closed Closed for site rehabilitation.
Ninemile Lake Campground Open
Pfeiffer Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites Open
Sawbill Lake Campground Open
South Kawishiwi River Campground Open
Sturgeon River Trail None Part of the Sturgeon River Trail is closed indefinitely.  See the Alert for more details.
In the winter, visit www.skinnyski.com for current ski trail conditions. 
Temperance River Campground Open
Tofte Ranger District Open
Trail's End Campground None

Trails End Campground sites 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 are closed. Seagull Lake Nature Trail and the Seagull Lake Canoe Launch are also closed. Boaters and canoeists can launch at Blankenburg Landing.

Two Island Lake Campground Open
Whiteface Reservoir Campground Open

Recreation Areas