Established in 1909, the Superior is known for its boreal forest ecosystem, numerous fresh clean lakes, and a colorful cultural history.


Known as a water-rich Forest of lakes, rivers, and bogs, the Superior National Forest includes the one million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. More than 2000 lakes and rivers, both inside and outside the Wilderness, offer a chance to boat or canoe where Native Americans, voyageurs, missionaries, loggers, and explorers once traveled.


Some of the most popular activities on the Superior National Forest include fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, berry picking, and mountain biking.


From the earliest inhabitants to today, people in and around the Superior National Forest have been living with the land. We must live in balance with the plants and animals here to survive and thrive.


Through ecosystem management, the Forest provides for a diverse community of plants and animals as well as products for human needs. You may see logging trucks hauling wood from a timber sale. You may also observe rare orchids, eagles, or moose as you tour the Forest.


The Superior is a stronghold of the gray wolf. About 400 gray wolves still roam the expanses of this wild remote country. A howling wolf on a quiet evening could be a memorable part of your visit here.


You can learn much more about the Superior National Forest, and better yet, plan for your visit, at


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