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St. Croix State Forest




Acres: 42,152

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

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•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:

  • Windstorms on July 1 and July 19, 2011 swept across Pine County, damaging St. Croix State Forest. Restoration operations (stand evaluations, salvage harvest, aerial seeding, tree planting, and natural regeneration) are currently taking place.
  • The horse trail system in St. Croix State Forest has been cleared and is in fair condition. Some timber harvest has happened and it may be difficult to travel in some areas as trees and brush will be sprouting post-harvest. There will be ongoing work to continue the restoration process.
  • Still to come: bridges will be rebuilt, erosion control work and a lot of clearing. Work crews (both state and private) will be in the forest throughout the summer on this trail system. Trail segments may be closed for periods of time.

updated Jan 2014

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:

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.

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

Other destinations

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