Minnesota offers outstanding public hunting and fishing opportunities. Big timber areas in northern Minnesota boast excellent deer, turkey, and bird hunting while countless lakes, rivers, and streams offer excellent fishing options.

Cloquet Valley State Forest

• 327,000 acres

• Inland fishing on Indian Lake (boat launch available) and good stream fishing throughout area

• Options for hunting include deer, turkeys, grouse and small game

St. Croix State Forest

• 34,000 acres

• Excellent fishing on the St. Croix and Kettle Rivers for smallmouth bass, pike and muskie

• 90 miles of ATV trails

Chippewa National Forest

• 665,000 acres

• Access to some of Minnesota’s top pike and muskie lakes including Leech Lake

• Good deer, turkey and bird hunting

Pine Island State Forest

• 878,000 acres

• Includes Big Fork Water Trail which is noted for excellent fishing and white water opportunities

• Good deer and grouse hunting

Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest

• Noted for excellent whitetail hunting

• Numerous fishing opportunities on river water trails

• 40,000 acres in southeast Minnesota

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Photo: Flyby Rock Lake, St. Croix State Forest

Photo credit: flickr