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Grand Portage State Forest




Acres: 100,172

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited Managed

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• Grand Portage State Forest is located in Cook County about 10 miles northeast of Grand Marais.

•If you appreciate smaller campgrounds, Grand Portage State Forest offers you three campgrounds—Devilfish Lake, Esther Lake, and McFarland Lake—with five or fewer campsites.

•The forest offers a total of nine water accesses. McFarland Lake, located at the end of the Arrowhead Trail, serves as an entry point to the eastern edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Parking is available.

• Grand Portage State Forest also offers great connections to other recreational opportunities such as the Border Route Trail, Grand Portage Trail in the Grand Portage Indian Reservation, and Judge C.R. Magney State Park.

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.

Grand Portage State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping

Picnic Shelters


Cross-Country Skiing

30 Miles Hiking

40 Miles Snowmobiling

Attention Trail Users:

• Portions of this state forest are classified for the purposes of motor vehicle and OHV usage as managed and limited. Refer to state forest map for details.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Devilfish Lake Campground
Esther Lake Campground
McFarland Lake Campground

Special features

• Judge C.R. Magney State Park
• Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA
• Hovland Woods SNA
• Myhr Creek Ridge SNA

Other destinations

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Superior Hiking Trail