Overnight, dispersed camping now allowed in BWCAW, Superior and Chippewa National Forests

Good news for those wanting to visit Minnesota National Forest sites and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW): overnight camping in dispersed sites is now allowed.

Superior National Forest officials have announced that dispersed camping was reintroduced May 18 in Superior and Chippewa National Forests, although Forest Service campgrounds will remain closed.

Meanwhile, day and overnight use is now allowed in the BWCAW.

"We understand the excitement for the public to enjoy their public land," Darla Lenz, Chippewa Forest supervisor, said in a statement. "Allowing dispersed overnight camping on the Minnesota National Forests now makes that possible," adding that officials "are happy to be fully allowing visitors into the BWCAW" as well.

"We ask that visitors please continue to follow local, state and federal guidelines on staying safe and social distancing wherever they choose to visit," Lenz said.

Visitors are now also allowed to have campfires, use charcoal grills as well as wood-burning stoves on Superior and Chippewa National Forest land.

Visitors are asked to visit outdoor recreation sites that are as close to their homes as possible. Visitors are also asked to pack up and carry out everything they bring into those areas, including all trash.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to be closed through May 4