State Forests

Crow Wing State Forest


Forest Landscape: Original vegetation included oak forests and barrens interspersed with pine and prairie openings. Conifer bogs and wet prairies occupied the depressions in the region's landscape. Today, visitors experience an oak forest, aspen, jack pine, red pine, white pine, prairies, and wetlands.

Management Activities: Minnesotas state forests were established to produce timber and other forest crops, provide outdoor recreation, protect watersheds, and perpetuate rare and distinctive species of native flora and fauna. The DNR applies multiple use management principles to manage state forest resources to meet the needs of Minnesota citizens. The extensive pine cover type in Crow Wing State Forest is particularly susceptible to wildfires. Burning permits are required.

History: The Minnesota Legislature established Crow Wing State Forest in 1935. There are 31,307 acres within the statutory boundary. DNR Forestry administers 5,752 acres of land within the forest; Crow Wing County administers 5,200 acres; and Potlatch Corporation, a private forest products company, owns 3,120 acres of the remaining privately owned acreage.

Acres: 33,713

Year Estab: 1935


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