Camping allowed in select campgrounds and dispersed sites

Campfire ban lifted

Forest offices offering virtual services


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Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history. The one million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness lies within the boundaries of the Forest. Management by the USDA-Forest Service, under principles of ecosystem management and multiple use, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. The concept of "all lands" management maintains strong partnerships and collaboration across the landscape. Popular recreational activities include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and ice fishing.  Links to more recreational activities can be found on the left sidebar under Recreation.

Learn more about usage of drones on the forest.


Superior National Forest managers are conducting a study of National Forest System (NFS) roads across the Forest. This roads study, referred to as “Subpart A,” is part of the implementation of the national 2005 Travel Management Rule, 36 CFR 212.   To learn more, visit the Planning page

Recent News


Recreation Commercial Services Analysis

Trail at Ninemile Lake

Forest shares findings from Needs Assessment Analysis of commercial services offered to recreationists.

Minnesota Research Reader

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Provides highlights research topics and studies relevant to science and resource management in the State.

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Superior’s wilderness area world-recognized for its starry night sky

Milky Way over the BWCAW

Stargazers seeking an increasingly rare sight, a nighttime sky free from light pollution and twinkling with visible stars — can visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Project toward achieving results for wildlife habitat & forest products.

USFS Beaver airplane distributing Jack pine seeds over recently harvested unit.

This spring, the Forest Silviculture program undertook aerial seeding of a recently harvested area near Isabella. How many Jack Pine seeds are there in 364 ounces? 


View current conditions in the BWCAW

Image from air cam in spring

A webcam on an air quality monitoring system gives a live look into current conditions. Click here to learn more for about air quality in the B...

Enjoy improved access thanks to a recent project at Nigh Creek

:  Above – Before, Below – After roadbed removal at Nigh Creek.

What do recreation, engineering and hydrology have in common? These disciplines joined forces to restore a section of the Nigh Creek riparian zone and relocate a trailhead. 

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