State Forests & Parks
Allison Park features a playground, covered picnic areas, a gazebo, a grand gazebo, an amphitheater, a pavilion that has its own set of tables and chairs and a mini kitchen, splash pad, and a hill (sledding for the winter and a fun place to sit to watch events at the amphitheater). There is also a statue installment known as the Northborn Statues. Don’t miss the big sign of Minnesota that says “We are northborn” and has the northern lights displayed on it at night.
This second largest state forest occupies an area of 669,000 acres spanning the counties of Roseau, Lake of the Woods, and Beltrami. Canoeing, biking, fishing, hunting, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding trails, cross country ski trails, and 138 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Off-road vehicles (ATVs, etc.) are allowed on all trails unless posted closed. No fee for camping.
Hwy 89 S Box 34a
Wannaska, MN 56761
Located in Beltrami Island State Forest. Features hiking and groomed snowmobile trails. Campground open in Fall and Winter. A picturesque site can be experienced from the top of Bemis Hill, a favorite spot for recreational sledding in winter. Campground is handicap accessible. Pets allowed in campground. Sanitary dump station. From Warroad drive south 11 miles on County 5 to sign.
Just 27 miles southwest of Warroad. Follow Hwy 11 west to Co Rd 9, then south on to County Rd 4.
Park Permits: $25 annual, $7 daily
Open year round for daily use. Regular camping season: May – Sept
The central focus of the park is the lake and the north fork of the Roseau River. Here there is an abrupt transition from farmland to wilderness. This secluded park gives visitors a chance to see a variety of Minnesota wildlife. Loons, moose, beaver, fisher, otter, lynx, black bear and wolves live in the area. Enjoy rustic campgrounds, swimming, fishing, and boating. 13 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of cross-country ski trails, 6 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Canoe and kayak rentals: $8 half-day and $16 full day.
48990 County Rd 4
Roseau, MN 56751-8745
Located along the Canadian Border north of Hwy 11 running from Hwy 313 west to almost Hwy 89. Wildlife area, fishing, and hunting. The area’s 63,000 acres of primitive forest contains much of the original animal and plant life native to the area. It is a reliable location for viewing great gray owls and a number of other bird species; the best birding spot is the northernmost three miles of Hwy 310. There are no developed recreational areas but access is available to some parts by highway and county roads. Minimum maintenance roads, hiking forest trails. Snowmobiling.
Beltrami Island State Forest
Red Lake WMA
PO Box 100
Roosevelt, MN 56673
Located within Beltrami Island State Forest, Norris Camp has a rich history that spans over half a century. It has employed and housed over 1000 people and is one of the last Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Resettlement Administration (RA) camps in the nation in operational condition. Norris Camp is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Norris Camp has been headquarters for the Red Lake Wildlife Management Area since 1935. The Red Lake WMA, known earlier as the Red Lake Game Refuge, was established in 1932. Many research projects, habitat improvement projects, and population surveys have been completed there. This headquarters is also an excellent stop for bird watchers along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Visit with management officials and pick up a brochure with information on site locations within the Beltrami Island State Forest.
HC 2 Box 25
Williams, MN 56686-9616
Located 10 miles northeast of Williams, Minnesota. From Hwy 11, take Co Rd 2 north to Co Rd 8 east.
Park Permits: $25 annual, $7 daily
Camping available: $15 per night, Memorial Day through Labor Day
Office Hours: 7 days a week 9:00 am 5:00 pm
The park is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods. Three miles of white sand beach and ocean-like waves offer a variety of water recreation opportunities. A stone jetty provides a channel for safe access to the lake. Protected harbor with docking and picnic facilities, a 90 ft fishing pier, boat access, and fish cleaning station. Numerous bird watching opportunities. 6 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of beginner level cross-country skiing trails, 5 miles of snowmobiling trails.