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Thistledew ATV Trail

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Buttonbox Lake, Crumb Lake, Valley River Forest Road, Perch Lake, Five Island Lake, Rum Lake, Thistledew Lake, Mirror Lake, Little Moose Lake, Lac La Bijou Lake, Roller Coaster Road, Battle Lake, Lost Lake, Island Lake, George Washington State Forest

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

Located in the scenic George Washington State Forest, this area offers about 30 miles of mostly novice friendly ATV trails that are usually accessible for motorized use between April 1 and November 30.

During the winter months snowmobiles are permitted on the trails. Trails are open to ATV use only and are mainly smooth and hardpacked. The nearby Thistledew Lake Campground offers 23 sites and direct trail access.

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Nearest CityCelina, MN
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From: Duluth, MN
1) Take SR-53 north about 90 miles
2) Turn left (east) on SR-1, continue 20.6 miles
3) Turn left (south) at T-intersection, continue 2 miles
4) Turn right at T-intersection, continue 5.7 miles
5) Turn right on CR-542, continue about .7 miles
6) Veer right at fork, continue toward the staging area.


LandState Forest


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenApril 1 - November 30
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)must not exceed distance of 20 inches
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesProhibited
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 65 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for operators under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restrictionpermitted on the north loop which is signed for ATV use
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.


Tent: $12.00
RV: $12.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Thistledew Lake Campground Fee


Contact InfoMinnesota DNR
(218) 999-7923
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info



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Approx Size12,800 acres (20 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1300 to 1500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (E)Cook Community Hospital (218) 666-5945
Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (E)Zup's Cook (218) 666-0205
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (E)Cook
Potable Water WaterOn SiteThistledew Lake Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (E)Vermilion Sunsets RV Park (218) 666-2276
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (E)Vermilion Sunsets RV Park (218) 666-2276
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteThistledew Lake Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (E)Zup's Cook (218) 666-0205
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteThistledew Lake
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteThistledew Lake
Boating Launch Boat RampOn SiteThistledew Lake Boat Ramp
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