Bear Island State Forest

Counties:

St. Louis, Lake

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Acres: 157,814


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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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•Bear Island State Forest is adjacent to the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area and surrounded by the towns of Ely, Babbitt, Tower, and Soudan.

• Bear Island State Forest is home to Bear Island Lake, a large, sprawling lake sandwiched between the Vermilion and Mesabi ranges. The lake is full of arms, points, and islands, not to mention a healthy supply of walleyes. The 2,351-acre lake has three accesses, two at the northeastern corner and one on the southwestern shore.

•The forest is largely white and red pine, balsam fir, white spruce, and aspen-birch with rolling topography. Several small lakes dot the landscape along scenic trails.


More about this forest


Bear Island State Forest at a glance...

RECREATION

Boating

Canoe / Kayak

Fishing

Hunting

Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters

TRAILS

Cross-Country Skiing

Hiking

10 Miles Mountain Biking

15 Miles Snowmobiling


Attention Trail Users:

Most roads and trails are open to mountain bikes unless posted.

Spring temporary trail and road closures are now in effect due to wet conditions. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails unless specifically listed.


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST

• Taconite State Trail
• Bear Head Lake State Park
• Soudan Underground Mine State Park