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Hill River State Forest


Itasca, Cass, Aitkin, Crow Wing


Acres: 124,204

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

photo: Hill River state forest

• Hill River State Forest is located in northern Aitkin County, about 20 miles south of Grand Rapids. The forest is served by Highway 169 and State Highway 200.

• Visitors enjoy fishing and swimming at the public accesses on Washburn Lake, Taylor Lake, and White Elk Lake.

• If you prefer outdoor recreation on dry land, check out the Rabey Line ATV trail, a 19.5 mile trail that winds through both the Hill River and Savanna state forests or the or the Soo Line North ATV trail.

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.

Rabey Line Trail, Blind Lake Connector and Loop, Hill City Trail, UPM Blandin Trail,

Hill River State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak

Picnic Shelters


10 Miles Hiking

7 Miles Class I ATV

7 Miles Class II ATV

7 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Savanna Portage State Park
• Moose-Willow WMA
• Hay Point WMA
• Little Willow River WMA : Main Unit
• Willowsippi WMA
• Mississippi State Caneo Route
• Rabey Line ATV Trail
• Soo Line ATV Trail- North
• Soo Line North ATV Trail: Moose Lake - Lawler

Other destinations

Land O' Lakes State Forest
Golden Anniversary State Forest
Fond du Lac State Forest
Grayling Marsh WMA
Wold WMA
Wawina Peatland SNA