State Forests

Chengwatana State Forest


Forest Landscape: The terrain includes a series of forested upland islands surrounded by marsh and brush. The Kettle, Snake, and St. Croix rivers flow through the forest. Stands of paper birch and quaking and bigtooth aspen are common. Smaller areas are covered by red, white, and jack pine; balsam fir; white spruce; tamarack; and red and bur oak.

Management Activities: From year to year, you may see changes in this forest. The DNR manages the trees, water, and wildlife in state forests for everyone to keep them healthy and meet recreational, environmental, and economic goals. Trees are harvested to make a variety of products, such as pulp for making paper, lumber and building materials, pallets, fencing, and telephone poles. Through careful planning, harvesting, and planting, land managers create forest openings or plant trees and vegetation to improve habitat for white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, and waterfowl. The DNR manages state forests to prevent wildfires, and keep our water and air clean. State forests contain a mix of ownerships within their boundaries. The DNR manages nearly 60 percent of the land in the Chengwatana State Forest. The rest of the land is managed by county, tribal, and private landowners.

History: "Chengwatana" (originally Zhingwaadena) is a loose translation of "white-pine town," originally named for an Ojibwe village located just east of present-day Pine City along the Snake River. Beginning in the 1800s, the towering white pines in the area attracted loggers and millions of board feet of pine logs were floated down the Kettle, Snake, and St. Croix rivers to large sawmills in Stillwater and other locations.

Acres: 29,041

Year Estab: 1953


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