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Superior National Forest to Reopen Campgrounds and other Recreation Sites

Superior National Forest to Reopen Campgrounds and other Recreation Sites

On June 1, 2020 will open overnight camping

Duluth, MINNESOTA ~~~   May 27, 2020  (LSN)  On June 1, 2020, the Superior National Forest will open overnight camping in a limited number of developed campgrounds. This is in alignment with Minnesota Governor’s announcement on May 20, 2020 that allow campgrounds to re-open starting June 1 under the Stay Safe Phase for reopening society Plan.

Following is a list of recreation sites and facilities on the Superior National Forest that will be opening June 1:

  • Campgrounds:   
    • Birch Lake Campground
    • Birch Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
    • Fall Lake Campground
    • Fall Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
    • Fenske Lake Campground
    • Fenske Lake Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
    • South Kawishiwi River Campground
    • South Kawishiwi Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
    • Trails End Campground
    • Whiteface Reservoir Campground
    • Whiteface Boat Launch - Restroom open and maintained
    • Cadotte Lake Campground
    • Sawbill Campground
    • Crescent Lake Campground
    • Temperance River Campground
    • East Bear Skin Campground
    • Flour Lake Campground
    • Iron Lake Campground
    • Trails End Campground

The following sites are currently open:

  • Boat Ramps and Canoe Carry-down Launches
    • Restrooms closed unless listed in Exhibit A of Forest Closure Order R9-09-20-06.
    • Restrooms and campgrounds adjacent to boat ramps remain closed unless listed in Exhibit A of Forest Closure Order R9-09-20-06.
    • Availability of amenities, such as docks, are contingent upon seasonal maintenance at the site.
  • Trailheads
    • All remain open for use. Restrooms are closed unless listed in Exhibit A of Forest Closure Order R9-09-20-06.
  • Overnight Camping in Dispersed Sites

Visitors are asked to stay as local as possible when choosing a site to visit and to pack out everything they bring, especially trash. Visitors are also urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health and safety guidance. For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:

Responsible recreation will help expand access to facilities, services and other opportunities. Certain services may still be unavailable, so visitors are asked to plan accordingly and to remain flexible.

The Superior National Forest acknowledges that Tribal members may fulfill their federal treaty rights within boundaries of the ceded territory in the 1854 treaty and are exempt from the restrictions and are subject to restrictions by applicable tribal authorities.

For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit

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The Lake Superior Circle Tour in northern Wisconsin (highway 13), loops around Lake Superior state highways in the US states of Michigan, Minnesota (highway 61) and Wisconsin and provincial highways in the Canadian province of Ontario (highway 17). These highways are usually the closest to the lake.

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