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Mississippi Headwaters State Forest


Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard


Acres: 45,290

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

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•Mississippi Headwaters State Forest is located one mile south of Wilton on Beltrami County Highway 14 on Grant Lake.

•After the Mississippi River leaves Itasca State Park, it flows through Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. This part of the river is considered the most remote and pristine.

•This state forest has 95 lakes and ponds within its boundaries; 8,500 acres of public land open for your enjoyment are within 1,000 feet of one of these lakes and ponds.

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.

Mississippi Headwaters State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area




Mountain Biking


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Mississippi River State Water Trail

Other destinations

Itasca State Park
Paul Bunyan State Forest
Buena Vista State Forest
White Earth State Forest
Henry O. Bjoring WMA
Upper Rice WMA