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Sand Dunes State Forest




Acres: 11,040

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed

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• Sand Dunes has something for everyone. The 225-acre Bob Dunn Recreation Area, nestled within the forest, holds a 36-unit Ann Lake Campground and Day-Use including the Sand Dunes Horse Camp which is busy on summer weekends.

• Sand Dunes consists of oak savanna forest and prairie and 2,700 acres of pine plantation on rolling terrain. It provides beautiful areas for many recreational activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hunting, swimming, panfish fishing on Ann Lake, camping and hiking.

• Sand Dunes State Forest is located in central Sherburne County, about 3 miles west of Zimmerman and 5 miles north of Big Lake. The forest can be reached by taking Sherburne County five north from Big Lake, off U.S. 10, or following Sherburne County Highway 4 west from Zimmerman off U.S. 169.

• If you are looking, the revised operational plan for the Sand Dunes State Forest is available.

More about this forest

Forest Notes

There is no target shooting allowed within Sand Dunes State Forest. All other state forest are open. Check out the firearms and shooting ranges information on the state forest rules page.

Sand Dunes State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak




Picnic Area




4 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

4 Miles Hiking

29 Miles Horseback

4 Miles Mountain Biking

23 Miles Snowmobiling

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Ann Lake Campground & Day-Use Area
Bob Dunn Horse Campground

Special features

• Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
• Uncas Dunes SNA

Other destinations

Freemont WMA
Lake Maria State Park