Centennial State Forest Classification and Road and Trail Designations

Photo of a dirt trail winding along a forested, hilly terrain in Centennial State Forest.

Centennial State Forest was designated by the Minnesota Legislature in 2016. Current land uses include timber management, wildlife habitat and recreation. Popular recreation uses include OHV and snowmobile riding, dispersed camping, fishing and hunting. Current recreational amenities include one grant in aid snowmobile trail and an unimproved access to Camp Two Lake. Because the forest is a new addition to the DNR, the forest must go through the Department’s motor vehicle use classification. The DNR is proposing to designate the forest as “limited”. A limited classification means all forest roads are open to off-highway vehicles and forest trails are closed to motor vehicles unless posted open. For more information on Centennial State Forest, visit the DNR Forestry web site.

Planning Information

  • Meetings with the county and local townships
  • A public open house at the Trelipe Town Hall occurred on February 1, 2017. Over 30 citizens attended the event.
  • The DNR accepted public comments from January 18 - February 15, 2017. The DNR received 57 comments related to the forest classification.
  • A public review of the proposed changes began April 24, 2017 and will run through July 26, 2017. The public is welcome to submit comments to the address below on the proposed changes
  • 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. map it  There will be a presentation at 6:00 followed by time to review maps, ask questions and submit comments.

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 and trail designations must be made by Commissioner's order and published in the State Register.

Written comments may be submitted by fax, 651-297-1157, email to [email protected] or by mail to Joe Unger, DNR Parks and Trails at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN, 55155-4039. The DNR will accept written comments through Wed., July 26, 2017.

More information

For more information about trail designation in state forests, contact:

Joe Unger
Division of Parks and Trails
[email protected]