Superior National Forest loosens fire restrictions

Forest Service News Release


Visitors may have campfires in fee campgrounds  

Duluth, Minn., September 9, 2021 — The Superior National Forest is loosening fire restrictions on the forest, thanks to a change in the seasons. Effective, September 9, visitors may have campfires in designated fire grates in most fee campgrounds. 

With fall on the horizon, cooling temperatures and recent rains have helped reduce the risk of fire spreading rapidly on the landscape. However, Minnesota continues to have drought conditions, and with the right fuel and weather conditions, a fire could take hold, so the Forest is exercising caution and leaving some fire restrictions in place until further notice.  

What is allowed? 

  • Campfires in designated fire rings that have been installed and are maintained by the Forest Service are allowed in the following fee campgrounds: Devils Track, East Bearskin, Flour Lake, Kimball Lake, Two Island Lake, Birch Lake, Fall Lake, Fenske Lake, S Kawishiwi River, Echo Lake, Lake Jeanette, Cadotte Lake, Pfeiffer Lake, Whiteface Reservoir, Crescent Lake, Divide Lake, Ninemile Lake, Sawbill Lake, and Temperance River campgrounds. 
  • The use of pressurized devices with an on/off switch that are powered by gas or propane. This includes gas and propane powered devices such as stoves and lanterns.  

What is restricted?  

  • Campfires in rustic campgrounds, backcountry sites, dispersed sites and the BWCAW are not allowed at this time, even with a designated fire grate. 
  • Other open flames such as tiki torches, charcoal grills and barbeques are not allowed. 
  • Campfires and the use of fee campgrounds which are currently CLOSED to the public: Trails End, Iron Lake, McDougal Lake and Little Isabella campgrounds. 

While campfires in fee campgrounds are allowed, we urge our visitors to practice caution. Be sure your campfire is completely out and cold to the touch, before you leave it unattended. Thank you for recreating responsibly! For more information on closures and fire restrictions, visit the forest website and view the alerts and notices page.