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Minnesota State forests

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Minnesota state forests are open for all to enjoy. Towering pines and fish-filled lakes. Family-friendly campgrounds with beaches and hiking trails nearby. Miles of trails to accommodate every kind of activity: hiking, hunting, mountain biking, OHV riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and more.

Visitor Alert:

  • Due to wet and warm conditions, forest roads and trails are deteriorating rapidly this spring. Many roads and trails are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. Note: not all roads and trails in a particular forest may be closed. Check the forest roads closures and OHV trail closures web pages before venturing out. Signs may be posted before web pages are updated. Obey all signs.
damage to picini table in Ann Lake Campground

Sand Dunes State Forest - Ann Lake Campground and Day Use Area

Ann Lake Campground and Day Use Area within the Sand Dunes State Forest sustain significant damage from a tornado that hit Zimmerman on March 6. Please avoid these areas while the clean-up crews do their jobs. The rest of the state forest is open.
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Centennial state forest

Centennial state forest—DNR's newest state forest

Learn more about and provide input on DNR's newest state forest by going to an open house. You will be able to review maps, ask questions, and submit comments.
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wood pile next to campfire ring

Don't Give Them A Free Ride

When working or playing outdoors, clean your gear and buy local firewood to avoid moving unwanted hitchhikers.
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White OHV jeep

Minnesota State Forest Trail Revision Project

The DNR is in the process of revising our forest trail plans. The project will provide trail connections, add new trails, change allowable trail uses, and close unsustainable trails.
Forest trails revisions »