News Release

DNR invites public input on trail uses in Rum River State Forest and nearby forest lands

October 7, 2019


The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to attend a meeting on Oct. 21 to review proposed changes to recreational trail systems in the Rum River State Forest and nearby state forest lands. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Onamia Lions Community Center, 806 W. Kathio St., Onamia. The DNR will accept written comments through 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Proposed changes include adding 5.9 miles of off-highway motorcycle, 5.1 miles of all-terrain vehicle (class one)/off-highway motorcycle and 1.1 miles of off-road vehicle.

The forest is classified as “limited” with respect to motor vehicle use, which means that OHVs may only use forest roads and trails that are posted open. The DNR does not propose changing the “limited” classification.

Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period will be used to inform the DNR’s decision on whether to make any changes to current trail uses in the area. Changes to state forest trail designations must be made by commissioner's order and published in the State Register.

Written comments may be submitted by fax to: 651-297-1157, by email to [email protected], or by mail to: Joe Unger, DNR Parks and Trails, 500 Lafayette Rd, St. Paul, MN  55155-4039.

For more information, call:

  • The DNR Division of Parks and Trails central office in St. Paul, 651-259-5279.
  • The DNR Division of Parks and Trails area office in Sauk Rapids, 320-223-7861.

Information about the proposed changes is also available online at mndnr.gov.