Sand Dunes State Forest
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• The DNR has created a stakeholder advisory group to increase communication and collaboration with the public about management in the Sand Dunes State Forest. Please visit the Sand Dunes State Forest Stakeholder Advisory Group Web page for more information.
• 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 everyone. The 225-acre Bob Dunn Recreation Area, nestled within the forest, holds a 36-unit Ann Lake Campground and Day-Use including the Sand Dunes Horse Camp which is busy on summer weekends.
• Sand Dunes consists of oak savanna forest and prairie and 2,700 acres of pine plantation on rolling terrain. It provides beautiful areas for many recreational activities, such as horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hunting, swimming, panfish fishing on Ann Lake, camping and hiking.
OHV Riding Restrictions During Deer Hunting Season
- Use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on state forest OHV trails and state forest trails during firearms deer season is allowed only for deer-hunting purposes, and only within permitted times. More information
Sand Dunes State Forest at a glance...
Boat Ramp Nearby
Canoe / Kayak
4 Miles Hiking
29 Miles Horseback
4 Miles Mountain Biking
23 Miles Snowmobiling
• This area is very sandy, which may make mountain biking difficult.
•Notice: Groomed snowmobile trails, as signed, are closed Dec. 1 to off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and highway licensed vehicles (HLV's).
• State forest roads are open to highway-licensed vehicles. There are no off-highway vehicle riding opportunities in this forest.