New state forest maps help Minnesotans find summer fun

Maps, in print and for mobile devices, highlight the sports for summer activity from birding and biking to fishing and ATVs.

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Big Fork State Forest, Big Fork River. DNR photo

Eight new state forest maps from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources feature recreation highlights to help Minnesotans find their perfect adventure.

The maps, in print and mobile formats, are available for Bear Island at , Big Fork at , Burntside at , Golden Anniversary at , Remer at , Koochiching at , Smokey Bear at , and White Earth at , state forests.

State forest maps can lead the way to summer hiking, mountain biking, birding, berry picking, horseback and all-terrain vehicle riding, fishing, camping and more.

“Whether you prefer a wilderness canoe paddle or an ATV ride, there’s a summer state forest experience for everyone – and our new state forest maps will make the experience even better,” stated Laura Duffey, state forest map coordinator, in a news release.

Here are just a few examples of the outdoor summer fun available at state forests:


  • Look up at the towering pines of the Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area inside Big Fork State Forest.

  • Canoe among the pines at the Bear Island and Burntside state forests. Nestled on the edge of the Boundary Waters, these offer a northwoods paddling experience.

  • Cruise through trees on the Blue Ox State Trail in the Koochiching State Forest. As you travel past the black spruce swamps and upland aspen stands, be on the lookout for wildlife, including beavers, bobcats, eagles, moose and wolves.

Users have two ways to get the new maps:

  • The free Avenza App provides access to Minnesota state forest maps. Download the app and navigate to the desired map by searching MNDNR + state forest name in their store. A phone’s GPS will allow users to see their location, track distance and more.

  • Fresh, redesigned paper maps with site-specific details are available from the DNR Info Center at 888-646-6367. A PDF version of the paper map can also be downloaded and printed from the state forest webpage.

In addition to the maps for these eight forests, the DNR has recently updated maps for an additional 23 state forests. See the list at of state forests with updated maps.

Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service

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