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Savanna State Forest


St. Louis, Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton


Acres: 238,954

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

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• Savanna State Forest is in northeastern Aitkin County. To get there, take State Highway 65 north from McGregor to Aitkin County Road 14. Go east on Aitkin County Highway 14 for 10 miles. The parking lot for Remote Solitude is on the left.

•Fish or swim in the bountiful lakes, bike or hike to your heart's content, or enjoy 80 miles of grant-in-aid snowmobile trails and 17 miles of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.

•If you want to find a place to relax, to enjoy the basics in the peace and quiet of your own spacious campsite at Hay Lake Campground, then look no further.

More about this forest

Visitor Alert:

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

Savanna State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak



Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters



12 Miles Cross-Country Skiing

15 Miles Hiking

16 Miles Class I ATV

16 Miles Class II ATV


Attention Trail Users;

• The Remote Lakes nonmotorized area north of Big Sandy Lake has some mountain biking opportunities on cross-country ski trails.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures


Hay Lake Campground and Day-Use Area

Special features

• Savanna Portage State Park
• Mississippi State Water Trail

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