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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:

OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season

  • OHV trails and routes on state forest trails are restricted to use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the firearms deer hunting season. More information

Mississippi Headwaters State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area




Mountain Biking


Spring temporary trail and road closures are now in effect due to wet conditions. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails unless specifically listed.

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