Minnesota State Forests

still lake with partly cloud skies reflecting in the water and mixed tree on shorline in spring time

Owen Lake in George Washington State Forest

Minnesota state forests are open for all to enjoy. Towering pines and fish-filled lakes. Family-friendly campgrounds with beaches and hiking trails nearby. Miles of trails to accommodate every kind of activity: hiking, hunting, mountain biking, OHV riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and more.

muddy and rudded road from vehicle traffic.

Check for road closures before you head out!

A rapid spring thaw is impacting road and trail conditions. Your usual route might be restricted—or closed.

campsite with text and pinic table surrounded by trees.

State forest campgrounds, day-use areas, and dispersed camping are open.

Visitors are encouraged to recreate close to home and to maintain social distancing on trails. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ response webpage if you have additional questions about changes to DNR services.

women cleaning her shoe with boot brush

Protect the forest by using only clean gear

No matter how you enjoy Minnesota's state forests and other public lands, prevent the spread of invasive plants and pests by cleaning your vehicles, gear and pets before and after visiting.

view of the six new state forest paper maps.

New maps make it easier to visit Minnesota state forests

Find your way in the woods. Several new state forest maps are available in paper or for download to your mobile device today. Updated Maps »

fire ring and wood pile.

Buy local. Burn local.

Help protect Minnesota's trees. Buy local firewood to avoid moving hitchhiking pests.
Learn more about firewood restrictions »

White OHV jeep

Minnesota state forest trail revision project

The DNR is in the process of revising our forest trail plans. The project will provide trail connections, add new trails, change allowable trail uses, and close unsustainable trails.
Forest trails revisions »