St. Croix State Forest
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•The forest is located in Pine County along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. St. Croix State Forest can be accessed from different locations. Refer to the Minnesota state highway map for directions.
•St. Croix State Forest serves as a great access point to the St. Croix State Canoe Route, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River.
•St. Croix State Forest features the wild and picturesque Tamarack River, a narrow, twisting river that slowly makes its way south to join the much larger St. Croix River. Although often shallow, the Tamarack changes character following a heavy rain and becomes fast, deep, and dangerous.
Fall Color Scenic Drive: St. Croix State Forest offers a great fall color route. Travel along County Road 25 south of Duxbury to the Mallard Lake Forest Road in late September. Early October, St. Croix and Nemadji State Forests offer a great fall color loop. Travel from I35, take exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48. Head north on County Road 24. Head east on County Road 24. At Markville, head north on County Road 31. Head west on Park Forest Road. At Kerrick, head south on State Highway 23 to I35 exit #195 for best color. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.
OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season
- Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information
St. Croix State Forest at a glance...
Canoe / Kayak
22 Miles Horseback
25 Miles Mountain Biking
45 Miles Class I ATV
45 Miles Class II ATV
45 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling
42 Miles Snowmobiling
Mountain bikers are prohibited from using the horseback riding and hiking trails shown on map.