Superior National Forest

Winter on the Forest

Seasonal changes are a constant in the boreal forests of the Superior National Forest. The days darken, the temperatures cool, and snow falls to land and insulate the forest floor. The Superior embraces these winter months. With three-million acres to recreate and play in, why wait until summer to explore!

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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.

  • Winter Recreation

    two cross country skiers

    Learn more about winter recreation on the Forest.

  • Wilderness

    sun shining through snow covered forest

    Explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

  • Employment

    Quick Link: Employment

    Apply for a wide variety of positions on the Forest.


Biden-Harris Administration Protects Boundary Waters Area Watershed

Wilderness like moose, wolves and beavers live in the BWCAW

National Forest System lands in northern Minnesota withdrawn from future mineral leasing

January 26, 2023

Released by the Bureau of Land Management


WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden-Harris administration took action to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and surrounding watershed, a spectacular network of rivers, lakes and forests in northeastern Minnesota that comprise the most heavily visited wilderness area in the United States.  

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A Century Later, Arthur Carhart’s Recreation Plan for the Superior

First rapids on Kawishiwi River above the forks of the stream

On November 8, 1922, Regional Forester A.S. Peck approved a recreation plan for the Superior National Forest drafted and submitted in May 1922 by Arthur Carhart (1892-1978), a young landscape architect from Iowa that worked for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) from 1919-1923.

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