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St. Croix State Forest

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Hay Creek Flowage, Albrechts Creek, Lower Tamarack River, Graces Lake, Billys Lake, Rock Lake, Boulder Campground, Church Lake, Trout Brook Trail, Gandy Dancer Trail, St. Croix River, Mallard Lake Forest Road, East Arm Road, Hanson Creek, Bjork Creek, Kettle River, Saint Croix ATV Trails

Last Known StatusOpen

This area features numerous ATV trails in a scenic pine, maple, birch and aspen forest. There are numerous staging areas making it fairly easy to access different parts of the trail system.

The trails are mostly hard packed with some sandy and rocky sections. Gandy Dancer ATV Trail is close by and winds near the eastern side of the forest near the St. Croix River. Primitive camping can be found at nearby Boulder Campground.

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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round except during spring thaw and deer hunting season.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)OHMs not to exceed distance of 20 inches, ATVs 99dB at 20 inches
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for operators under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Boulder Campground Fee


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityMarkville, MN
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: St. Paul, MN
1) Take I-35 North to Exit 183
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp on SR-48, continue 23.3 miles
3) Turn left (north) on CR-173, continue 1.6 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (east) or continue 3.7 miles
5) Turn right (east) on Tamarack Forest Road, continue .1 miles
6) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoSt. Croix State Forest - Moose Lake Area Office
(218) 485-5410
Contact InfoBoulder Campground
(320) 384-6591
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info


St. Croix State Forest Trail Photo

St. Croix State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 6/21/2016 (Thanks!)

St. Croix State Forest Trail Photo

St. Croix State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/9/2011 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size34,000 acres (53 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail26
Climate TypeForest
Elevation950 to 1000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis state forest has many shaded areas.Many
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


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (NW)Citgo (320) 245-5309
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (NW)Victory (320) 245-0081
Potable Water WaterOn SiteBoulder Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)St. Croix Haven Campground (320) 655-7989
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)St. Croix Haven Campground (320) 655-7989
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBoulder Campground (320) 84-6591
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (NW)Duxbury Store (320) 245-2517
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