Superior National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
8901 Grand Ave Place
Duluth, MN 55808
Pursuant to the provisions of 16 U.S. C. § 551, and 36 C.F.R. §§ 261.50 (a) and (b), the following acts are prohibited in the Superior National Forest, due to hazards on portions of lands, roads and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) entry points and trails in St. Louis and Lake Counties, Northeastern Minnesota. These restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday July 17, 2021.
The following are prohibited:
It is prohibited to enter the following entry points, lakes, and PMAs which are posted closed. 36 CFR 261.53(e) Special Closures, Public Health or Safety.
1. BWCAW ENTRY POINT CLOSURE:
• Mudro Entry Point – No BWCAW entry through Mudro Entry Point # 22/23.
2. BWCAW CAMPSITES, PORTAGES AND LAKES CLOSURE:
• Iron Lake – Closure begins at the Bottle Portage/Bottle Rapids to Iron Lake and adjoining bays and islands of Iron Lake including Peterson Bay and Three Island. Adjoining portages include the 320 rod portage west of Iron Lake from Lac La Coix, the 72 rod Dark Lake portage south of Iron Lake, the 110 rod Bear Trap River portage Southeast of Iron Lake, and the 140 rod portage to Curtain Falls.
• Crooked Lake – All campsites on Crooked Lake and adjoining bays from Curtain Falls to Lower Basswood Falls including Sunday Bay, Saturday Bay, Friday Bay, Thursday Bay, and Wednesday Bay. This includes the portage at Lower Basswood Falls.
• Campsites North of Gun Lake – Closure begins at the 300 rod portage northeast end of Gun Lake and includes campsites to Wagosh Lake, Niki Lake and Chippewa Lake.
3. Tick PMA and Sundial PMA-zones 1, 2, & 5. This also includes the 240 rod portage west of Bear Trap Lake.
These emergency restrictions are necessary for the public's health and safety due to wildland
fires in the vicinity of the affected lands, waters, trails, portages, canoe routes, and all recreation sites. These restrictions will remain in effect for as long as they are posted on-site and until terminated by the forest supervisor.
Pursuant to the provisions of36 CPR 261.S0(e), the following persons are exempt from this order:
1. Persons with permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission (36 CPR 261.50(e)(1)).
2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of any organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty (36 CPR 261.50(e)(4)).
3. Persons engaged in a business, trade or occupation in the area, when authorized and when accompanied by a Forest Officer or official member of the Incident Command Team. (36 CPR 261.S0(e)(S))
Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5000.00 for an individual or
$10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (16 U.S.C., 18
U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).
Dated this 15th day of July 2021, at Duluth MN.