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Koochiching State Forest


Koochiching, St. Louis, Itasca


Acres: 567,985

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

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•Koochiching State Forest is located in northern Minnesota in Koochiching County. It encompasses 567,985 acres, 344,300 of which are state owned, making it one of Minnesota's largest state forests.

•Recreation opportunities in the forest include Little Fork River State Water Trail, Big Fork River State Water Trail, Tilson Bay Hiking Trail, Tilson Creek Ski Trail, and access to Rainy Lake.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season

  • Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information

Koochiching State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters


26.7 Miles Cross-Country Skiing



Attention Trail Users:

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Big Fork River State Water Trail
• Myrtle Lake Peatland SNA
• Little Fork River State Water Trail

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