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Nemadji State Forest


Carlton, Pine


Acres: 96,270

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

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•The Nemadji State Forest is located in northeastern Pine and southeastern Carlton counties along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. It can be reached by traveling east via county highways joining State Highway 23 near the towns of Askov, Bruno, Kerrick, Duquette, Nickerson, and Holyoke.

•Nemadji State Forest varies from gently rolling upland with large swamps in the south to steep stream valley and elongated swamps protruding into the forest in the northeast.

•Approximately 100 miles of trail are dedicated to ATV and OHM riding. The trail system connects with others such as the Willard Munger State Trail, St. Croix State Forest OHV trails, Gandy Dancer Trail, and Upper Willow Trails.

•Be prepared to see gray wolves, white-tailed deer, eagles, and many other forms of wildlife.

More about this forest


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Car driving along a forest road in Grand Portage State Forest.

Fall Color Scenic Drive: St. Croix and Nemadji State Forest offer a great fall color loop. Travel from I35, take exit #183 and head east on State Highway 48. Head north on County Road 24. Head east on County Road 24. At Markville, head north on County Road 31. Head west on Park Forest Road. At Kerrick, head south on State Highway 23 to I35 exit #195. in early October for best color. Want more options? Check out other State Forest scenic fall color drives recommend by DNR foresters.

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

Nemadji State Forest at a glance...


Boat Ramp Nearby

Dispersed Camping





3 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

3 Miles Hiking

32 Miles Horseback

Mountain Biking

121 Miles Class I ATV

121 Miles Class II ATV

144 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling

Attention Trail Users:

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Gafvert Campground and Day-Use Area

Special features

• Willard Munger State Trail
• Black Lake Bog SNA
• Nemadji State Forest OHV Trails
• Nemadji State Forest: Straight Arrows Grant-in-Aid OHM Trail
• Nemadji State Forest: Washington/Ramsey ATV Club
• Gandy Dancer Trail

Other destinations

St. Croix State Forest
General C.C. Andrews State Forest
Jay Cooke State Park