REGIONAL—In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, both the Superior and Chippewa national forests are closing developed recreation facilities, including campgrounds and restrooms, …
REGIONAL—In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, both the Superior and Chippewa national forests are closing developed recreation facilities, including campgrounds and restrooms, as well as suspending trash pick-up until further notice. In addition, all overnight camping is currently suspended and campfires are not allowed, in order to minimize the risk to first responders in the event of wildfire.
The general areas of the two forests remain open to the public, including forest roads, trails and trailheads for hiking, and boat ramps (unless within campgrounds). The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, however, remains closed to public use—even day use— until May 4.
With the potential for crowded conditions in the coming days and weeks, both forests are implementing a group-size limitation of 10 people or less per group across the entire forest.
“I encourage you to get outside and enjoy your public lands, while recreating responsibly and safely,” said Connie Cummins, Forest Supervisor on the Superior National Forest. “Please consider reducing the impacts to local communities who may be at risk from the virus by utilizing the forest for day use and staying closer to your community as Gov. Walz has outlined in his stay-at0-home order.”
The Forest Service asks the public to recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. Backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. Please remember to pack-out what you pack-in.
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