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Burntside State Forest


St. Louis


Acres: 74,815

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

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•Burntside State Forest is located in the northeastern corner of St. Louis County and northern Lake County.

• The forest lies on the southwestern border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and more than 80 percent of it is within the boundaries of the Superior National Forest, making it subject to USDA Forest Service management rules.

•Burntside State Forest also includes a 10,000-acre Burntside Lake, which has six public accesses. This lake is renowned for its big lake trout and walleye. It supports one of the largest populations in the state of Minnesota's state bird, the loon.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

Due to wet and warm conditions, forest roads and trails are deteriorating rapidly this spring. Many roads and trails are not firm enough to support vehicle traffic without being damaged. The temporary closures could remain in effect until sometime in May, depending on weather conditions. Note: not all roads and trails in a particular forest may be closed. Check the forest roads closures and OHV trail closures web pages before venturing out. Signs may be posted before web pages are updated. Obey all signs.

Burntside State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak



Attention Trail Users:

Portions of this state forest is located within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) are closed to all motor vehicle use.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Other destinations

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Bear Head Lake State Park
Taconite State Trail