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Closure: SNF Lands on Gunflint Trail

Superior National Forest closes National Forest lands along upper Gunflint Trail due to fires 

Trails End and Iron Lakes campgrounds in the closure area  


Duluth, Minn., August 25, 2021 — The Forest Service is closing Superior National Forest lands along the upper portion of the Gunflint Trail due to fires in the vicinity and limited availability of firefighting resources. This closure includes all forest lands along Cook County 12/Gunflint Trail beginning at the Cook County 92 Intersection to the end of the Gunflint Trail at Trails End Campground. Campground reservations have been cancelled and refunded for the next seven days, through August 31. The Forest will reevaluate this closure and determine whether or not it needs to be extended due to active fires. This closure area also includes Iron Lake Campground. 


Gunflint Trail Closure Area, August 25, 2021. Map by USDA Forest Service 

This closure is consistent with the Cook County Sheriff’s pre-evacuation area for the upper Gunflint Trail area due to the John Ek Fire. 

Although National Forest System lands will be temporarily closed, the Gunflint Trail will remain open to vehicles and visitors may recreate on private land and enjoy resorts. There are additional day-use opportunities outside of the closure area on the Forest. Please call the district or visit the forest’s website for more information. 



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