The Superior National Forest is located in the northeastern corner of Minnesota.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Superior National Forest

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

Withdrawal of Federal Minerals in Rainy River Watershed from Exploration and Development  

On January 13, 2017,  the U.S. Forest Service published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to study the proposed 20-year withdrawal of federal minerals on an area of the Superior National Forest within the Rainy River Watershed. The EIS will support an amendment to the Superior National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan if directed in the decision. The NOI identifies the Forest Service as the lead agency for the EIS analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act and initiated a scoping period to gather public input on the proposed withdrawal. The Bureau of Land Management is a cooperating agency in the EIS. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hosted a public meeting on March 16 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. A public meeting is planned for the Iron Range area later this spring. The date, time, and location will be posted on this website and publicly announced. Details about the proposal and directions for providing written comments are posted on the Project page.


Concession Operations

Bids are being solicited for the operation of three campgrounds on the Superior National Forest. The deadline is April 12, 2017. Learn More


Celebrate and learn about the fascinating history of your National Forest.

 The BWCAW 2017 permit season is now open!  

Start planning your trip.   

Road Study Update - Travel Analysis Report Now Available.  

The Forest Service has released all of the Travel Analysis Reports that analyze the existing roads systems to identify opportunities to achieve a sustainable road system for each National Forest and Prairie.

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


Faces of the Forest Service

Images of FS employees

Meet the Faces of the Forest Service

America's Great Outdoors

islands on lake superior at 20 below zero

A promise to future generations.

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Air quality cam spotlight

Image from air cam in winter

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.

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