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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.

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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