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Spider Lake OHV Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Foot Hills State Forest, North Island Lake, Perch Lake, Bear Lake, Taylor Lake, Fire Tower Forest Road, Root Trail, Pine River

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Foot Hills State Forest offers about 29 miles of scenic deep woods trails that loop around numerous lakes and ponds with light to moderate hill climbs, providing plenty of scenic views throughout the forest. Most of the trails are smooth and hard packed but ruts, roots and rocks are common which can make for challenging riding during wet weather.

The trails are wide enough to accomodate wide ATVs and side by sides but there is no single track. The trails are open year-round except during deer hunting season and spring thaw.

There are a couple staging areas that offer plenty of room for RVs and several primitive campsites with direct trail access but no services. Nearby Spider Lake offers a beach area and boat ramp.

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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 WidthNo Restriction
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
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
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 BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size46,896 acres (73 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail29
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1400 to 1500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, 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 mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has many sand or gravel pits.Many
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis state forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis state forest has some shaded areas.Some
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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest



Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)SuperValue (218) 587-2488
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Cenex (218) 587-4461
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Pine River
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Chlebecek's River View RV Park (218) 587-4112
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Chlebecek's River View RV Park (218) 587-4112
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Carl's Market Inc (218) 587-4449




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


Nearest CityPine River, MN
AddressFire Tower Road, Pine River, MN 56474
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Pine River, MN
1) Take CR-2 West 12 miles
2) Turn left (south) on Spider McKinley Forest Road, continue 1.5 miles
3) Staging area is on the left (east).


Contact InfoFoot Hills State Forest - Brainerd Area Office
(218) 833-8710
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info


Spider Lake Trail Photo

Spider Lake OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 9/18/2012 (Thanks!)

Spider Lake Trail Photo

OHV at Spider Lake OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 9/18/2012 (Thanks!)

Spider Lake Trail Photo

OHV at Spider Lake OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 9/18/2012 (Thanks!)

Spider Lake Trail Photo

Spider Lake OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 5/18/2015 (Thanks!)

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