Burntside State Forest


St. Louis


Acres: 74,815

State Forest Map

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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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

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.

Notice: Groomed snowmobile trails, as signed, are closed Dec. 1 to off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and highway licensed vehicles (HLV's).

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


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