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Welcome to DNR's newest state forest—Centennial State Forest.
This land is being managed as working forest that provides for timber production, wildlife habitat and recreational activities. It maintains the integrity of a large block of habitat for white-tailed deer, black bear, timber wolf and ruffed grouse. The land also includes more than five miles of Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails and provides expanded opportunities for hunting, fishing, paddling along undeveloped shoreline, hiking, bird watching and many other outdoor recreation activities.>
A public meeting from 5:30-7:30 PM will be held June 26, 2017 at the Walker Community Center Rotary Room, 105 Tower Ave., Walker. MN 56484. There will be a presentation at 6:00 followed by time to review maps, ask questions and submit comments.
Due to wet and warm conditions, forest roads and trails are deteriorating rapidly this spring. Many roads and trails are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. Note: not all roads and trails in a particular forest may be closed. Check the forest roads closures and OHV trail closures web pages before venturing out. Signs may be posted before web pages are updated. Obey all signs.
At this time the DNR is completing the motor use classification for the forest as well as designating roads and trails. Because the forest is located south of US Highway 2, there are two motor use classifications the DNR may consider: limited or closed. A limited classified forest allows OHVs to operate only on roads and designated trails, whereas a closed forest does not permit OHVs on any forest roads or trails. The DNR is currently considering the limited classification for Centennial State Forest.
Comments received during the public review period will be used to develop a final recommendation that will be submitted to the DNR Commissioner for approval. Changes to state forest classification and road designations must be made by Commissioner's order and published in the State Register.
Comments are due by July 26, 2017.
5 Miles Snowmobiling