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• Pine Island State Forest, located in Koochiching County in northern Minnesota, is the largest of Minnesota's 58 state forests, encompassing 878,040 acres.
•Pine Island State Forest is named for the pine habitat that emerges from forested and nonforested peatlands, bogs, and shrub swamps
• Numerous species of orchids thrive in this scenic forest. Late May into June provides peak viewing for many of these beautiful wildflowers.
• Pine Island State Forest contains numerous rivers and streams, including the scenic and historic Big Fork State Water Trail, which is also noted for fishing. An old Indian portage from the Tamarac River to the Sturgeon River is yet visible, as are well-defined trails between islands.
• There are several small day-use areas within the forest.
See state forest map to more information and directions.
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
2.5 Miles Cross-Country Skiing
168 Miles Hiking
Forest roads are open for bike use. Travel off the roads is not advised.
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.
SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST