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Welsh Lake State Forest


Cass, Hubbard


Acres: 19,797

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Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Closed

Approved Firewood Vendors

photo: Welsh Lake state forest

•Welsh Lake State Forest has two great recreational facilities: Heartland State Trail and Leech Lake.

• Heartland State Trail runs through on the west side of the state forest and is known for being the first rail-to-trail project in the country.

• Leech Lake is known for its walleye, muskie, largemouth bass, black crappie, and bluegill fishing.

• The toughest part of this state forest is choosing what you want to do.

• There are no campgrounds within the forest. However, camping is available at Paul Bunyan and Bowstring state forests.

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

Welsh Lake State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping




Mountain Biking

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Heartland State Trail
• Steamboat WMA

Other destinations

Bowstring State Forest
Paul Bunyan State Forest
Paul Bunyan State Trail