Welcome to the Superior National Forest

Photo of the senior pass card that has a ram on the front of it. Sunset from Boundry Waters Canoe Area Wilderness ATV on a trail Historic photo of a campsite on the Superior National Forest Image of a volunteer group with the word Volunteer across the top


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.


Forest News

Superior National Forest is currently seeking public review and comment on the School Trust Land Exchange Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  

A copy of the Draft EIS is posted on the project page of this website. Instructions for submitting comments may be found in the cover letter on the project page. 


Individuals and organizations that fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) on National Forest System lands must follow Federal Aviation Administration regulations. 

U.S. Forest Service policy stipulates that UAS must be considered the same as manned aircraft, in terms of acquisition, approval and carding of pilots and aircraft, inspections, maintenance, avionics, training, and operations. Forest Service Policy Regarding Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

Public comments invited regarding withdrawal of Federal Minerals in Rainy River Watershed from exploration and development  

The Forest Service is currently conducting a public scoping period to gather public input on the proposed withdrawal of minerals on an area of the Superior National Forest within the Rainy River Watershed.  Comments will be accepted through August 17, 2017.  Details about the proposal and directions for providing written comments are posted on the Project page..

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Forest Service support North Shore Coastal Forest Restoration

Through the Joint Chiefs’ Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Partnership in northeast Minnesota (MN), the USDA Forest Service (FS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are investing funds and technical expertise to support ongoing efforts to restore and protect forest health, maintain clean water, and improve wildlife habitat in the MN North Shore Coastal Forest.

Forest Service and State of MN Boost Collaborative Forest Management Through Good Neighbor Authority

February 2, 2016 - Duluth, MN. In a move that will boost collaborative management of Minnesota’s forest lands, the U.S. Forest Service has signed a Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) master agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).U.S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources to Utilize GOOD NEIGHBOR AUTHORITY to Restore Forest and Watershed Health in Minnesota


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


Superior Science - Research Reader

Superior Research Reader is a monthly summary of current research and science relevant to resource management on the Superior.

Faces of the Forest Service

Images of FS employees

Meet the Faces of the Forest Service

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Air quality cam spotlight

Image from air cam in spring

This archived image is from a webcam which is part of our air quality monitoring system.  Click for more information.

WTIP Radio Hosts "Tofte and Gunflint Ranger District Update"

Recreation and road updates for the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts

Superior National Forest together with WTIP 90.7 FM Grand Marais community radio is broadcasting weekly updates for visitors planning a trip into the Tofte and Gunflint Ranger Districts.