winter images of various state forests

Minnesota State Forests

• It's winter in Minnesota! Check the snow depth around the state or share photos of your trip to a state forest.

Admission: Free! Do you know Minnesota is the 16th most forested state in the nation? Do you know nearly 4 million acres in 58 state forests are open to explore for free? That's right? Wherever you are, you can find a state forest nearby that's open to explore at no cost to you. No vehicle permit required.

State forests are here for you to use and enjoy on your schedule. No reservations are needed for state forest recreational facilities; camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. State forests also serve as a great starting point for visiting various state parks, state trails, and state canoe routes.

Protect our state forests— don't move firewood! Firewood brought into DNR state lands must be purchased within 50 miles of its origin from an approved DNR firewood vendor with a proof of purchase receipt. More information

State Forest Recreation Guide |Managing State Forests | OHV Trail Closures | State Forest Road Closures

Visitor Alert:

  • Groomed snowmobile trails, as signed, close Dec. 1 to off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and highway licensed vehicles (HLV's).
  • Groomed snowmobile trails rely on a partnership with permission from public and private landowners. Help keep those permissions by staying off marked trails open to only snowmobiles.