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BWCA Weather for Ely, Grand Marais, and the Gunflint Trail

Superior National Forest, Dec 19, 2003

Winter Motorized Recreation in the Superior National Forest and BWCA

December 19, 2003

Contact: Kris Reichenbach

Winter Motorized Recreation on the Superior National Forest

The recent snowfall was welcome by winter enthusiasts across the northland
and many folks may plan to head to the Superior National Forest with their
snowmobiles. Large areas of the Forest are open to recreational motor use
but visitors are asked to follow some simple guidelines: Safety is the
first priority. Know where you are. Pay attention to ice depths. Be
aware of areas in which you are permitted to ride. Follow Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources rules for off-highway vehicles. Please be
respectful of vegetation, wildlife, and other Forest visitors.

One area on the Superior National Forest that is generally off-limits to
motorized recreational use is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
. All motorized and mechanized forms of winter travel are
prohibited by federal law in the BWCAW except for the purpose of accessing
Canada via the overland portage between Crane Lake and Little Vermilion
Lake, and in Cook County, via a specific corridor from Seagull River
through Saganaga Lake. Motorized transportation on these routes is
restricted to snowmobiles which are 40 inches or less in width,
manufactured for ice and snow travel only, and of a type which was in
regular use in the BWCAW prior to the passage of the 1978 BWCAW Act. All
terrain vehicle (ATV) use is not allowed on these routes or anywhere else
in the BWCAW. There is no provision that allows motorized or mechanized
travel along the Canadian border within the BWCAW beyond the specific
exception for snowmobiles on these two routes.

For more specific information, contact the local Superior National Forest
office nearest to the area that you plan to visit.


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