Bear Island State Forest

Counties:

St. Louis, Lake

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Fire Danger Rating

Acres: 157,814


State Forest Map

Motor Vehicle/OHV Classification: Limited

Approved Firewood Vendors

photo: Bear Island state forest

•Bear Island State forest is adjacent to the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area and surrounded by the towns of Ely, Babbitt,Tower, and Soudan

• Bear Island State Forest is home to Bear Island Lake a large, sprawling lake sandwiched between the Vermilion and Mesabi ranges. The lake is full of arms, points and islands, not to mention a healthy supply of walleyes. The 2,351-acre lake has three accesses, two at the northeastern corner and one on the southwestern shore.

•The forest is largely white and red pine, balsam fir, white spruce, and aspen-birch with rolling topography. Several small lakes dot the landscape along scenic trails.


More about this forest


Bear Island State Forest at a glance...

RECREATION

Boating

Canoe / Kayak

Fishing

Hunting

Picnic Area

Picnic Shelters

TRAILS

Cross-Country Skiing

Hiking

10 Miles Mountain Biking

15 Miles Snowmobiling

Attention Trail Users:

Most roads and trails are open to mountain bikes unless posted.


Temp Forest Road / OHV Closures

SPECIAL FEATURES IN STATE FOREST

• Taconite State Trail
• Bear Head Lake State Park
• Soudan Underground Mine State Park