•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.
•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.
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
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