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adam
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05/28/2020 12:31PM

Duluth, MN May 27, 2020 – 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. For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/superior/home.

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: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.

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.

Please visit us at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/superior/home for updates and contact information. You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SuperiorNF or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorNF/.

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keegan99usa
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05/28/2020 02:09PM
We were up from the 21st - 25th and dispersed camped. WE usually stay at McFarland Campground. It did not have a closed sign anywhere and many campers stayed there including a large group with 8-9 vehicles and easily 15 people around a campfire most of the day and night. Bathroom was open also. Would have been nice to not have to drive to the boat landing every time ( 15 minutes). We had a good time, but made for inconveniences. My guess is they did not want to kick out such a large group.
 
LindenTree
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05/28/2020 07:18PM
keegan99usa: "We were up from the 21st - 25th and dispersed camped. WE usually stay at McFarland Campground. It did not have a closed sign anywhere and many campers stayed there including a large group with 8-9 vehicles and easily 15 people around a campfire most of the day and night. "

In my experience as a ranger, many times people take down closure signs and try to plead ignorance if approached by authorities.
 
Pinetree
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05/28/2020 10:11PM
keegan99usa: "We were up from the 21st - 25th and dispersed camped. WE usually stay at McFarland Campground. It did not have a closed sign anywhere and many campers stayed there including a large group with 8-9 vehicles and easily 15 people around a campfire most of the day and night. Bathroom was open also. Would have been nice to not have to drive to the boat landing every time ( 15 minutes). We had a good time, but made for inconveniences. My guess is they did not want to kick out such a large group."

People like that and a big group beside is why campgrounds were closed as long as they were and threaten the future use of them.
 
keegan99usa
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06/01/2020 02:15PM
LindenTree: "keegan99usa: "We were up from the 21st - 25th and dispersed camped. WE usually stay at McFarland Campground. It did not have a closed sign anywhere and many campers stayed there including a large group with 8-9 vehicles and easily 15 people around a campfire most of the day and night. "


In my experience as a ranger, many times people take down closure signs and try to plead ignorance if approached by authorities."


I could certainly see that happening, just don't understand why the bathrooms would have been opened up though. I do appreciate all you guys do, probably a thankless job much of the time.
 
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