Pine Island State Forest

Counties:

Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, Beltrami, Itasca

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Acres: 878,040


State Forest Map

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

Approved Firewood Vendors

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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


Visitor Alert:

OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season

  • OHV trails and routes on state forest trails are restricted to use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in some areas during the firearms deer hunting season. More information
Anderson Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 1800 lbs GVW, Ben Linn Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 4 tons/axle, Boquist Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 1,000 lbs. GVW., Buck Trail Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 1800 lbs GVW, Fiero Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 4 tons/axle, Frontier-Farmer Road: West 4.5 miles CLOSED to vehicles over 8,000 lbs. GVW, Lindford Ditch Grade: CLOSED to vehicles over 1,000 lbs. GVW, Little Tamarack Rd: CLOSED to vehicles over 1800 lbs GVW, Lost River Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 1800 lbs. GVW., Lucky 13 Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 1000 lbs. GVW, Pine Island Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 4 tons per axle, Porter Ridge Road: CLOSED, Sturgeon River Landing Ro: CLOSED, Toumey-Williams Road: CLOSED to vehicles over 4 tons per axle, West Pine Island Road: West end (Beltrami to Fiero Road) CLOSED to vehicles over 1000 lbs. GVW,

Pine Island State Forest at a glance...

RECREATION

Boating

Boat Ramp Nearby

Canoe / Kayak

Fishing

Hunting

Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters

Snowshoeing

TRAILS

2.5 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

168 Miles Hiking

Snowmobiling


Attention Trail Users:

Forest roads are open for bike use. Travel off the roads is not advised.

Spring temporary trail and road closures are now in effect due to wet conditions. Signs will be posted at entry points and parking lots. The closures include all unmarked roads and trails unless specifically listed.


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST

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

OTHER DESTINATIONS

Big Bog State Recreational Area
Koochiching State Forest