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Buena Vista State Forest


Beltrami, Itasca


Acres: 122,333

State Forest Map

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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•Winter visitors can enjoy 21 miles of marked snowmobile trails. The Buena Vista Trail connects to the Beltrami County North Country and Northland grant-in-aid snowmobile trails. These trails provide groomed routes to the cities of Nebish, Blackduck, Turtle River, and Bemidji, as well as connections to the Hubbard and Cass County grant-in-aid trail system.

•Summer visitors will find public water access on several lakes, including Beltrami, Big Bass, Gull, Sandy, and Three Island lakes.

More about this forest

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.

Buena Vista State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters


20 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

21 Miles Snowmobiling

Attention Trail Users:

• Portions of this state forest is classified for the purposes of motor vehicle and OHVs usage as limited and closed. Refer to state forest map for details

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

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Lake Bemidji State Park
• Pennington Bog SNA
• Morph Meadows WMA

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