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Kabetogama State Forest


Koochiching, St. Louis


Acres: 619,287

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

Approved Firewood Vendors

photo: Kabetogama state forest

•Kabetogama State Forest is the gateway into Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

•Kayaks and canoes are often used for wilderness adventures into the state forest. Many people will travel by water for several days and camp on islands or on the peninsula at night or during rough waters.

Woodenfrog and Ash River campgrounds offer access to Kabetogama Lake and Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park, while Wakemup Bay and Hinsdale Island, the only boat-in campsite, offer camping opportunities on Lake Vermilion.

•In the summer months you can enjoy hiking on the numerous nature trails, boating, and camping in the various state campgrounds or on the islands in the forest. In the winter the state forest turns over to ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

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.

•The well at Wakemup is currently being treated for total coliform bacteria. During this time, visitors will not have access to water. Please plan accordingly or find alternative sources of water in the town of Cook.

Questions, please contact the onsite Campground Hosts or Bear Head Lake State Park at 218-235-2521.

McConnichi: Road work. No through access., North Ash Lake Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 2000lbs GVW, Pearl Lake/Johnson Farm R: CLOSED to vehicles over 2000lbs GVW Shuster: Road work. No through access.

Kabetogama State Forest at a glance...



Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak



Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters


12 Miles Cross-Country Skiing


12 Miles Mountain Biking

3.5 Miles Class I ATV

3.5 Miles Class II ATV

3.5 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling


Attention Trail Users:

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Ash River Campground
Hinsdale Island Campsites
Wakemup Bay Campground and Day-Use Area
Woodenfrog Campground and Day-Use Area

Special features

• Arrowhead State Trail
• Vermilion River State Water Trail
• Big Island SNA
• Lost Lake Peatland SNA

Other destinations

Soudan Underground State Park
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Voyageurs National Park