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Blackduck State Forest


Beltrami, Itasca


Acres: 125,529

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

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photo: Blackduck state forest

•Blackduck State Forest is truly one of northern Minnesota's treasures. Watch bald eagles in flight, pick blueberries and raspberries in season, or just enjoy the fresh air of a northern forest.

•Blackduck State Forest sits at the northwestern edge of the Chippewa National Forest and its waterways.

•It offers many recreational opportunities: hunting, fishing, cross-country, snowmobiling, hiking, and birdwatching.

More about this forest


Car driving along a forest road in Grand Portage State Forest.

Fall Color Scenic Drive: Blackduck State Forest offers a great fall color route. Travel along County Road 39 between State Highway 2 and Blackduck. Try also State Highway 46 between Deer River and Northome both in early October for best color. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.

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

Blackduck State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby


Picnic Area


Cross-Country Skiing



Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Morph Meadows WMA
• Sugar Lakes WMA
• Pennington Bog SNA

Other destinations

Chippewa National Forest