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Nemadji State Forest

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Iron Pipe Trail, Yellow Birch Trail, Birch Ridge Trail, Klondike Trail, Gandy Dancer Trail, Bearhunter Trail, State Line Creek, Little Net River, Westholm Creek, Mud Lake, Pickerel Lake, Willow River, Wolf Lake, Delong Lake, Duquette Run Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Bald Eagle Trail, Hinkle Creek, Cranberry Lake, Upper Willow Loop

Last Known StatusOpen

This state forest offers about 100 miles of ATV trails, which includes about 27 miles of single track trails for motorcycles only. Trails wind through a dense forest that consists of rolling hills, scattered swamps plus numerous creek and stream crossings.

You can thank the Straight Arrows Enduro Club for maintaining this trail system.

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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round except during spring thaw & deer hunting season. Designated snowmobile trails are closed to OHV use Dec 1 - March 31.
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 Size96,270 acres (150 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1000 to 1200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
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 few steep hills.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has many single track trails.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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest


Gasoline Gasoline20-30 Miles (W)Holiday Stationstores (218) 485-8827
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (W)Holiday Stationstores (218) 485-8827
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (W)Red Fox Campground and RV Park (218) 485-0341
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (W)Red Fox Campground and RV Park (218) 485-0341
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (N)Gafvert Campground & Day Use Area
Convenience Store Conv Store20-30 Miles (W)Market Place Foods (218) 485-4336




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityNickerson, MN
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: St. Paul, MN
1) Take I-35 North to Exit 195
2) Turn right (east) off the ramp on SR-23, continue 25 miles
3) Turn right (south) on CR-146, continue .3 miles
4) Turn left (east) at the T-intersection on Net Lake Road, continue 1.1 miles
5) Turn right (south) to stay on Net Lake Road, continue 3.5 miles
6) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoNemadji State Forest - Moose Lake Area Office
(218) 485-5410
(218) 485-5420
Contact InfoStraight Arrow Enduro Riders
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info


Nemadji State Forest Trail Photo

Nemadji State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/9/2011 (Thanks!)

Nemadji State Forest Trail Photo

OHV at Nemadji State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 3/15/2013 (Thanks!)

Nemadji State Forest Trail Photo

Scenic view at Nemadji State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 3/15/2013 (Thanks!)

Nemadji State Forest Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Nemadji State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 3/15/2013 (Thanks!)

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