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Lost River State Forest




Acres: 54,915

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Managed

Approved Firewood Vendors

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The Lost River State Forest borders Manitoba, Canada, and is known as a good birdwatching location. Here you will have opportunities to view great gray owls as well as other birds, including spruce grouse; snowy, northern hawk, great gray, and northern saw-whet owls; whip-poor-wills; three-toed and black-backed woodpeckers; yellow-bellied flycatchers; common ravens; boreal chickadees; and magnolia warblers.

• Best time to visit is March through December.

• The best access into the state forest is the northernmost three miles of State Highway 310, just before reaching the Canadian border. Roads into the forested area are just off the highway and are mainly minimum maintenance roads and hiking and ditch-grade trails. Some roads may be difficult to travel in winter.

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

Lost River State Forest at a glance...


Dispersed Camping





• This forest has extensive wetlands with no designated OHV trails.

•Note: that Red Lake tribal lands are always closed to non-band members.

Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

Special features

• Sprague Creek Peatland SNA

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