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Crow Wing State Forest


Crow Wing


Acres: 33,713

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

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•Crow Wing State Forest is located in north-central Crow Wing County, about 20 miles northeast of Brainerd.

•White pines tower above the hardwoods as you walk through conifer bogs and wet prairies in this diverse forest. Spend the day at the Pelican Beach Day-Use Area, which has an excellent sugar sand beach, parking, restrooms, and changing facilities.

•Recreational opportunities include camping at Greer Lake Campground which features 31 drive-in sites; swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and hunting; and access to Pine River State Water Trail and Mississippi River State Water Trail.

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.

Crow Wing State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak

Picnic Area



1.7 Miles Hiking

17.3 Miles Class I ATV

17.3 Miles Class II ATV

17.3 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Greer Lake Campground
Pelican Beach Day-Use Area

Special features

• Pine River State Water Trail
• Mississippi River State Water Trail

Other destinations

Cuyuna Country State Park
Mission Lake WMA
Upgaard WMA