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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


Work continues on historic pavilion for the enjoyment of present and future.

Historic photo of the South Kawishiwi Pavillion shortly after construction.

Thanks to the dedication of volunteers, Forest staff, Passport in Time, and the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps, the Superior National Forest’s historic South Kawishiwi Pavilion is close to getting a new deck!  

U.S. Forest Service Beaver Planes and Pilots Support Forest Missions

USFS DHC-2 Beaver supporting a springtime prescribed burn on the Chippewa National Forest

Predating even the iconic Smokey Bear, the long and rich history of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Beaver Program began in 1929.  

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Forest explores ways to deliver interpretation and conservation messaging.

Visitor Information and Services Ranger Maggie Whiting directs a group of young

During the summer months, Superior National Forest staff look forward to delivering interpretation and education programming to the many Forest visitors.

Minnesota National Forests support western fire effort

Smoke from the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado obscures the night sky.  Credit:  Julie Baxter

Whether within one crew or fire operations across the country, it takes a team to manage wildfire suppression efforts.


Staff work to ensure safe and sustainable recreation opportunities for all

Superior National Forest staff don COVID-19 personal protective equipment to maintain the forest rec

The 2020 spring and summer recreation season looked a bit different due to COVID-19 and the need to prioritize employee and public health and safety.

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.

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