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•Sand Dunes State Forest is located in central Sherburne County, about three miles west of Zimmerman and 5 miles north of Big Lake. The forest can be reached by taking Sherburne County five north from Big Lake, off U.S. 10, or following Sherburne County Highway 4 west from Zimmerman off U.S. 169.
•Sand Dunes has something for just about everyone. The 225-acre Bob Dunn Recreation Area, nestled within the forest, holds a 36-unit Ann Lake Campground and Day-Use area including the Sand Dunes Horse Camp which fills early and often on summer weekends.
•The Sand Dunes consists of oak savanna forest and prairie and 2,700 acres of pine plantation of rolling terrain and few hills. It provides beautiful areas for a variety of recreational activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting, swimming, panfish fishing on Ann Lake, camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
5 Miles Cross-Country Skiing
4 Miles Hiking
29 Miles Horseback
4 Miles Mountain Biking
23 Miles Snowmobiling
• This area is very sandy, which may make mountain biking difficult.
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.
• State forest roads are open to highway-licensed vehicles. There are no off-highway vehicle riding opportunities in this forest.
SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST