At this time there is no entrance fee. Vehicles entering the State Recreation Area must meet requirements for Off-Highway vehicle use. See the OHV registration webpage for more information.
For ATVs and ORVs the emission sound must be under 99 decibels. For OHMs, the emission sound must be under 96 decibels. The Stationary Sound Test found in the Motorcycle Industry Council manual is used at the State Recreation Area. Information on the test procedures.
Camping is available at many local campgrounds operated by local governments and private individuals. The City of Gilbert operates the Sherwood Forest campground, which is connected to the Recreation Area by an OHV trail.
OHV rentals are available from private business. The Iron Range Tourism Bureau has more information.
- May through October: Open 8:00 a.m. until one hour before sunset and no later than 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.
- Late November through April: Open 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Attended only on Fridays. Weekend parking and trail access is in nearby Gilbert. See map
- Closed during the Minnesota firearms deer hunting season. The season changes from year to year, but generally occurs during the first three weeks of November.
The State Recreation Area uses the same OHV rules and regulations that are used throughout the state of Minnesota. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.
Is there a OHV license or registration requirement for the vehicles entering the State Recreation Area?
All vehicles entering the State Recreation Area are required to have OHV registration. OHV registration is available at local Department of Motor Vehicle offices, DNR License Center and at the State Recreation Area. During busy times at the State Recreation Area there may be a short waiting time for OHV registration sales. It is best to purchase an OHV registration before visiting the State Recreation Area. We recognize OHV registrations from other states. If your state does not have OHV registration you will have to purchase the Minnesota OHV registration. See the OHV registration webpage for more information.
Non-residents must purchase a non-resident OHV trail pass unless operating vehicles already registered in Minnesota.
Yes, the rules are the same at the State Recreation Area as throughout the state. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.
The helmet requirement is the same as anywhere in the state. Anyone under the age of eighteen must wear a DOT approved helmet.
The rules are the same as on any public land in Minnesota. Any person under ten years old is not allowed to operate an ATV on public land. Rules for OHMs and ORVs are different. See the OHV regulation webpage for more information.
See the OHV regulation webpage for more information. Helmets are required for anyone under the age of eighteen entering the State Recreation Area on ATVs of OHMs. For ORVs, all passengers and operators must wear a seat belt. For OHMs, all operators must wear eye protection.
The nearest accommodations are in the cities of Eveleth or Virginia. Both are approximately four miles from the Recreation Area. Iron Range Tourism Bureau
There are many OHV trails within a one hour highway drive from the State Recreation Area. Find a trail. There is a National Forest ATV trail within a few minutes of a highway drive from the State Recreation Area known as Big Aspen Trail .
There are three businesses which sell fuel in nearby Gilbert. All are accessible by ATV trail.
There are three restaurants in nearby Gilbert. Two serve meals all day and are accessible by ATV trail.
OHV repair service is very limited, especially on weekends. A few businesses are open on Saturday mornings.