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Pillsbury State Forest




Acres: 25,612

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed

Approved Firewood Vendors

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•The trails at Pillsbury State Forest meander through a heavy forested area consisting of a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees. The woods are dotted with small lakes and ponds where you're likely to see evidence of beavers and other wildlife. You may also find several varieties of wildflowers, including the yellow lady's-slipper.

• The trail system in this state forest is especially popular with equestrians and mountain bikers during the summer and cross-country skiers in the winter. Land ownership within this forest includes state, county, municipal, and private holdings. Trespass laws are enforced. Please be aware and respect these lands.

Grouse hunters find good bird hunting in the fall. The forest is closed to off-highway vehicles so bird hunters are assured they will not be disturbed by ATV traffic while walking the old logging roads.

•Recreational facilities in the forest include the Walter E. Stark Horse Assembly Area, Shafer Lake, and Green Bass Lake. Rock Lake Campground and Day-Use Area can serve as a great alternative to the more developed and heavily used Crow Wing State Park.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

Water is not available in the Walter E. Stark Assembly Area and Horse Campground until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Pillsbury State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak





3 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

1.2 Miles Hiking

27 Miles Horseback

27 Miles Mountain Biking

Attention Trail users

•Most state forest roads and trails are open to mountain bikes unless posted.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Green Bass Day-Use Area
Rock Lake Campground and Day-Use Area
Shafer Lake Day-Use Area
Walter E. Stark Assembly Area and Horse Campground

Other destinations

Meadow Brook WMA
Crow Wing State Park
Paul Bunyan State Trail