Find a state forest

St. Croix State Forest




Acres: 42,152

State Forest Map

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

Title. This slideshow requires the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

•The forest is located in Pine County along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border. St. Croix State Forest can be accessed from different locations. Refer to the Minnesota state highway map for directions.

•St. Croix State Forest serves as a great access point to the St. Croix State Canoe Route, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River.

•St. Croix State Forest features the wild and picturesque Tamarack River, a narrow, twisting river that slowly makes its way south to join the much larger St. Croix River. Although often shallow, the Tamarack changes character following a heavy rain and becomes fast, deep, and dangerous.

•Camping opportunities include the Boulder Campground and Day-Use Area, which features 20 drive-in sites, and the Tamarack Horse Campground and Day-Use Area, which features 55 horse sites.

•Hikers, bikers, and OHV riders can access the Willard Munger State Trail, Gandy Dancer Trail, and St. Croix State Forest OHV trails.

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.

St. Croix State Forest Trails,

Forest Notes

St. Croix 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.

St. Croix State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak


Picnic Area



Cross-Country Skiing

Dog Sledding

22 Miles Horseback

25 Miles Mountain Biking

45 Miles Class I ATV

45 Miles Class II ATV

45 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling

42 Miles Snowmobiling

Attention Trail Users:

Mountain bikers are prohibited from using the horseback riding and hiking trails shown on map.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Boulder Campground and Day-Use Area
Tamarack Horse Campground and Day-Use Area

Special features

• St. Croix State Water Trail
• Willard Munger State Trail
• St. Croix State Forest OHV Trails
• Matthew Lourey State Trail

Other destinations

Gandy Dancer Trail
St. Croix State Park
Nemadji State Forest
Chengwatana State Forest
Banning State Park
Mcgowan WMA