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Boundary Waters Quetico Forum :: COVID-19 Information and Discussion :: Winter closure of (some?) SNF campgrounds
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11/15/2020 06:48PM
Anyone planning some winter camping in the Superior National Forest will want to heed this news. Posted by Sawbill Canoe Outfitters back in October:

"10/13/20 – The Forest Service has officially shut off the water for the Sawbill Lake, Crescent Lake, and Temperance River campgrounds. With temperatures forecasted for lows in the low 20’s and highs in the upper 30’s for the foreseeable future, we have also shut off and drained our seasonal water systems. Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic, the Forest Service is closing these campgrounds to all camping for the winter. Typically, they would simply go into a “no-fee” status where we don’t maintain the outhouses, the water is off, etc. but folks can still camp. This year, they will be closed until further notice to all camping to reduce risk of exposure in places that aren’t being maintained.
"In a nutshell, Crescent Lake and Temperance River campgrounds are closed effective immediately.
"The Sawbill Lake Campground will remain open, on a first come first serve basis, until Monday October 19th – with no fees required. We will be maintaining the outhouses this weekend, even though camping is free and the water is off, just to facilitate folks having one last chance to camp up here during MEA weekend."

I haven't found anything official on this topic on the SNF website.

Campground Closures