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Fond du Lac State Forest


St. Louis, Carlton


Acres: 64,505

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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•Hikers and cross-country skiers can find great scenery with moderate trail variation. Trails are easy enough to bring your beginner friends, challenging enough for a good workout. Other recreational opportunities within the forest include canoeing and riding on Fond du Lac State Forest OHV Trails.

•Fond du Lac State Forest is a wetland/forest complex with several large, shallow wild rice lakes and extensive areas of marsh and wooded swamp. A large portion of the land that is now Fond du Lac State Forest was swept by the great Cloquet Fire of 1918 and was periodically burned after that to create or maintain clearings until the 1930s.

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.

Fire Tower Trail: , Lake 36 Road: ,

Fond du Lac State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak

Picnic Shelters



18.3 Miles Cross-Country Skiing


33 Miles Mountain Biking

40 Miles Class I ATV

40 Miles Class II ATV

40 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling


• Wetland areas may limit use of major portions of the trails.

• Attention OHV riders: Spirit Lake Road Open to Class I and II ATVs and OHMs only.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Kettle Lake WMA
• Mervin WMA
• Sawyer WMA
• Jay Cooke State Park
• Fond du Lac State Forest OHV Trails

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