Firearms Deer Season – much of SHT closed!
Before you get up to the North Shore to go hiking, keep in mind that much of the Superior Hiking Trail is closed for firearms deer season November 5-20, 2016. The SHT is closed wherever there is private land in a trail section or whenever a public land managing agency requests that the SHT be closed.
The trail will be closed from
- Rossini Road Trailhead west of Two Harbors to Sugarloaf Road (Hwy 61 milepost 73) south of Schroeder
- Caribou Trail Trailhead north of Lutsen to Bally Creek Road Trailhead
- From Cook County Road 58 (Lindskog Road) north of Grand Marais to Jackson Lake Road Trailhead north of Hovland.
The state parks also have closures:
- Gooseberry, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Tettegouche State Parks will be open to the public on the lake side of Hwy 61 but closed to the public on the inland side for a special deer hunt.
- Temperance River State Park does not have a special deer hunt but is open to hunting above the gorge/waterfall areas and west along the Cross River.
- Cascade River State Park will have a special deer hunt and be open to hunting above the waterfall area and west of the river, including Lookout Mountain.
- Judge Magney State Park will be open to hunting in all areas except the lake side of Highway 61 and on the trail up to Devil’s Kettle Falls.
In addition to these closures, the section from Lake County Road 301/Fors Road to Castle Danger Trailhead is closed early, beginning October 29, and re-opening after firearms deer season, due to request by our private landowners.
If you choose to hike an open section during firearms deer season, be aware that hunting may still be going on in that open section. Wear blaze orange.
Great places to hike during firearms deer season include:
- Jay Cooke State Park
- City of Duluth
- Lake side of Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, and Tettegouche State Parks.
Please respect private landowners’ rights by staying out of the closed sections until they are re-opened.