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Sturgeon River State Forest


St. Louis, Itasca


Acres: 146,691

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed Limited Managed

Approved Firewood Vendors

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• View beautiful second-growth northern forest as well as lots of wildlife. Bald eagles, hairy woodpeckers, kingfishers, wood ducks, beavers, and river otters all can be found within this forest.

• Mountain bikers can take their pick between Taconite and Arrowhead state trails to ride through upland portions of this state forest. If you prefer the water, you can take a trip on Little Fork River State Water Trail. The choice is yours.

•There are no campgrounds within the forest. However, camping is available at McCarthy Beach State Park or in the George Washington and Kabetogama state forests.

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.

French Road: East 1/2 CLO

Sturgeon River State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping

Canoe / Kayak





Mountain Biking

12.7 Miles Class I ATV

12.7 Miles Class II ATV

12.7 Miles Off-Highway Motorcycling

12.7 Miles Off-Road Vehicles

Attention Trail Users:

• Portions of this state forest are classified for the purposes of motor vehicle and OHVs usage as managed, limited, and closed. Refer to state forest map for details.

• Portions of this state forest are located within the Superior National Forest.

• Most roads and trails are open to mountain bikes unless posted.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Little Fork River State Water Trail
• Taconite State Trail
• Superior National Forest
• McCarthy Beach State Park
• Peloquin WMA
• Arrowhead State Trail

Other destinations

Soudan Underground Mine State Park
George Washington State Forest
Kabetogama State Forest