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Solana State Forest

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Other Names

Snake River, Split Rock Lake, Split Rock River, Soo Line ATV Trail, White Pine Forest Road, Porcupine Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

The Solana State Forest offers about 15 miles of woods trails that wind over rolling hills and swampy sections. There are two staging areas however the one located in the town of McGrath offers direct access to the Soo Line Trail, which is only open to ATV use. The area is prone to temporary closures after heavy rainfalls, so be sure to call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredYesMN OHV Permit
Dates OpenMay 15 - October 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 WidthYes (65 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesSome Areasnot permitted on Soo Line ATV Trail
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)Some Areasnot permitted on Soo Line ATV Trail
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 65 inches)
not permitted on Soo Line ATV Trail
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 CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandState Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityMcgrath, MN
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: St. Paul, MN
1) Take I-35 North to Exit 195
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp on SR-18/SR-23, continue .5 miles
3) Turn right (north) at T-intersection on SR-18, continue 1.5 miles
4) Turn left (west) to stay on SR-18, continue 20 miles
5) Turn right (north) on SR-27/65, continue 2.5 miles
6) ATV staging area is on the left (west) or continue 7.5 miles to the motorcycle/OHV staging area.


Contact InfoSolana State Forest - Grand Rapids Area Office
1201 East Highway 2
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 999-7920
(218) 327-4430
Contact InfoMinnesota DNR License Bureau
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
(888) 665-4236
CommentOHV Permit Info


Solana State Forest Trail Photo

Solana State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/13/2015 (Thanks!)

Solana State Forest Trail Photo

Solana State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 5/30/2013 (Thanks!)

Solana State Forest Trail Photo

Solana State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/13/2015 (Thanks!)


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Approx Size68,141 acres (106 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1200 to 1300 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 little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
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 few berms.Few
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 few roads.Few
ShadeThis state forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Vie's Mobil (320) 592-3275
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Vie's Mobil (320) 592-3275
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Snake River Campground (218) 927-7364
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)South Isle Family Campground (320) 676-8538
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Father Hennepin State Park **Open May-Mid October**  (320) 676-8763
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (S)Snake River Campground (218) 927-7364
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Teal's Market (320) 676-3376
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