Starting Tuesday, the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest will reopen to daytime visitors.
The United States Forest Service made the announcement Monday, noting overnight use would still be banned through May 17, aligning with Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay at Home order.
The forest service says opening for day use will help promote social distancing and is aimed at people who can recreate in the area close to home and without excessive travel.
Overnight reservations booked during the closure period will be refunded.
The forest service will issue permits from many of its stations virtually – find out more here. Recreation sites like campgrounds in Superior National Forest will stay closed.
“Continuing to restrict access to the Superior National Forest is a particularly difficult decision,” said Connie Cummins, forest supervisor, in a statement.
"I want people to enjoy their public land and know that reopening the BWCAW for day-use is a step in that direction."