SHTA director shares replace on path use and tenting amid wildfire outbreak


Forest fires burning in Cook and Lake Counties continue to dominate the local news thread in the WTIP listening area. The complete closure of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Aug. 21 sparked speculation that other popular outdoor destinations in the area may face similar closures or restrictions.

WTIP’s CJ Heithoff checked with Superior Hiking Trail Association Director Lisa Luokkala for an update on terms and advice for those using the trail that stretches more than 300 miles up the North Shore (Audio below).

The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is currently not closed. However, the state’s DNR Parks and Trails Division announced on Aug. 24 that they would be closing the backcountry campsites in George Crosby Manitou State Park.

The SHTA now advises against overnight camping in the same region that extends from Horseshoe Ridge on the eastern edge of the state park. This includes eight campsites from the Horseshoe Ridge property on the eastern edge of the state park and west / south to the locations on Egge Lake. Campsites include Horseshoe Ridge, Aspen Knob, Blesner Creek, East Branch Baptism River, North Sonju Lake, South Sonju Lake, North Egge Lake, South Egge Lake, and Leskinen Creek.

While the trail remains open, the SHTA asks that trail users find out about the current conditions before making travel plans in the area.
The audio below is the August 25 interview with the SHTA director.