We’re thankful the USFS made the decision to open up more entry points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Saganaga and Seagull Lake entry points are open but some areas remain closed to canoe campers.
Starting Sunday, please call the Gunflint Ranger District (218-387-1750) or the Tofte Ranger District (218-663-8060) for fire information. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 will return management of the fires back to the Superior National Forest on Sunday at 6:00 am. The team will continue to manage the Greenwood Fire until Tuesday.
Effective September 11, Superior National Forest lands and roads along the upper Gunflint Trail will reopen with the
exception of Blankenburg Boat Launch, Iron Lake and Trails End campgrounds and all associated facilities. These
campgrounds will remain closed to serve as basecamps for firefighters responding to the fires.
The forest is downsizing the John Ek and Whelp Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness closure. Effective September
11, the following entry points will reopen: Seagull Lake Entry Point #54/#54A/L, Saganaga Lake Entry Point #55/#55A/J,
Cross Bay Lake Entry Point #50, Kekekabic Trail Entry Point #56 and #74, Skipper and Portage Lakes Entry Point #49,
Kawishiwi Lake Entry Point #37, Magnetic Lake EP #57, Larch Creek EP #80. Due to upper Gunflint Trail closure South
Lake EP #58 is closed. Visitors with valid permits for Seagull Lake entry points will be able to access the lake via
Blankenberg boat launch or Trails End campground. This is the only allowable public use of the boat launch and
campground at this time. The following entry points will remain closed until further notice: Missing Link Lake EP #51 and
Brant Lake Entry Point #52.
Across Superior National Forest, several closure orders are in effect due to wildfires, to protect public health and
safety. To see all the Forest closure orders and other alerts go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/superior.