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•George Washington State Forest is located in northeastern Itasca County. To get there, take U.S. 65, north of Nashwauk, State Highway 1 between Effie and Togo, and Scenic Hwy 7 east of Big Fork.
•This state forest boasts eight camping facilities. Two horse campgrounds, Togo and Stony Brook, have picket lines and pull-through sites. Bear Lake, Button Box, Larson Lake, Lost Lake, Owen Lake, and Thistledew Lake, campgrounds all feature boat launches and fishing opportunities.
•Cross-country ski trails provide loops to challenge experienced skiers as well as those that suit the novice. Snowmobilers will find nearly 200 miles of groomed scenic trails.
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.
Large wetland areas limit use of some roads and trails.
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
60 Miles Horseback
Class I ATV
Class II ATV
200 Miles Snowmobiling
•Bear Lake Campground and Day-Use Area