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Lyons State Forest




Acres: 14,789

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

photo: Lyons state forest

•Lyons State Forest is located in central Wadena County about 15 miles northwest of Staples. The forest can be reached from Staples by driving 5 miles west on Highway 10. Then turn north on Highway 26 for 10 miles.

• Wildlife viewing opportunities can be found by traveling the Crow Wing River State Water Trail, which runs through the east corner, or hiking through the Strike Wildlife Management Area.

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

Lyons State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping




2.3 Miles Class I ATV

2.3 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling

Attention Trail Users:

•State forest roads are considered minimum maintenance roads.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Strike WMA
• Crow River State Water Trail

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