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Pine Island State Forest


Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Beltrami, Itasca


Acres: 900,153

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

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• Pine Island State Forest, located in Koochiching County in northern Minnesota, is the largest of Minnesota's 58 state forests, encompassing 878,040 acres.

•Pine Island State Forest is named for the pine habitat that emerges from forested and nonforested peatlands, bogs, and shrub swamps

• Numerous species of orchids thrive in this scenic forest. Late May into June provides peak viewing for many of these beautiful wildflowers.

• Pine Island State Forest contains numerous rivers and streams, including the scenic and historic Big Fork State Water Trail, which is also noted for fishing. An old Indian portage from the Tamarac River to the Sturgeon River is yet visible, as are well-defined trails between islands.

• There are several small day-use areas within the forest.

  • Cedarwood, along the Frontier/Famer Road, offers a picnic table and fire ring.
  • The Pines Day-Use Area, along the Indian Pines Forest Road, offers a fire ring, lean-to shelter, picnic table and vault toilet.
  • Old Pine Island Ranger Station Day-Use Area, along Twomey Williams Forest Road, offers a picnic table and a point of interest.

See state forest map to more information and directions.

More about this forest

Pine Island State Forest at a glance...



Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak



Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters



2.5 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

168 Miles Hiking


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Big Fork State Water Trail
• Lost River Peatland SNA
• South Black River Peatland SNA
• Red Lake Peatland SNA
• North Black River Peatland SNA

Other destinations

Big Bog State Recreational Area
Koochiching State Forest