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Birch Lakes State Forest




Acres: 710

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed

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•Birch Lakes State Forest is one of the smallest state forests but also among the most intriguing. It is located in the transition zone between Minnesota's forested region to the northeast and the prairie region to the southwest.

• This forest is located between Little Birch and Birch Lake, which is known as a walleye lake with 2,025 acres of surface water, 12.5 miles of shoreline, a maximum depth of 77 feet, and a public access. Water clarity is considered good to excellent.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season

  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information

Birch Lakes State Forest at a glance...



Dispersed Camping



Picnic Area



7 Miles Hiking

7 Miles Mountain Biking

4.1 Miles Snowmobiling

Attention Trail Users:

• Forest roads are all minimum maintenance.

• There are no off-highway vehicle riding opportunities in this forest.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Birch Lakes Campground and Day-Use Area

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