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Lyons State Forest




Acres: 14,789

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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:

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.

Forest Notes

Lyons State forest map can be viewed electronically as a geospatial PDF (GeoPDF) on your mobile device with applications such as Avenza Maps. The built in GPS features of your phone will track your location in the state forest using the built in GeoPDF map. Avenza Maps or other GeoPDF applications are available for download at the App Store or Google playor Microsoft.

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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