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Koochiching State Forest


Koochiching, St. Louis, Itasca


Acres: 567,985

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

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•Koochiching State Forest is located in northern Minnesota in Koochiching County. It encompasses 567,985 acres, 344,300 of which are state owned, making it one of Minnesota's largest state forests.

•Recreation opportunities in the forest include Little Fork River State Water Trail, Big Fork River State Water Trail, Tilson Bay Hiking Trail, Tilson Creek Ski Trail, and access to Rainy Lake.

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.

Biondich Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 2000l

Koochiching State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters


26.7 Miles Cross-Country Skiing



Attention Trail Users:

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Big Fork River State Water Trail
• Myrtle Lake Peatland SNA
• Little Fork River State Water Trail

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