Superior National Forest

Bring on Winter!

Get your gear and plans ready, as winter is almost here! Until the fluffy snow blankets our Forest, enjoy ice skating, getting your Christmas tree, and hikes in the woods. Be safe and enjoy all the Superior has to offer!

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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.

  • Recreation

    A woman wearing a black and pink snowsuit cross-country skiing on a snow covered trail in the forest

    Whatever you love to do, come explore with us.

  • Camping

    A white teepee in the snow and a man standing near the teepee holding logs under his arm

    From cabins to backcountry camping or Wilderness camping, find your place under the stars on the Forest.

  • Learn About Dark Sky

    Card: Stargazing

    Discover the wonders of the night! National Forests offer a respite from urban light pollution for recreational star gazers!

Features

Superior NF BWCAW Portage Replacements earn 2023 National Wilderness Award

Superior NF BWCAW Portage Replacements earn 2023 National Wilderness Award for best use of ‘Traditional Skills & Minimum Tool Leadership’

Award Winning Portage replacements in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness funded by Great American Outdoors Act, BWCAW use permit fees (Recreation Enhancement Act), the Timber Sales Pipeline Restoration Fund, and Secure Rural Schools grants.

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Superior National Forest’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness 2024 Permit

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) permit reservations for the 2024 quota season, May 1 – September 30, will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

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