Governor Knowles State Forest

Governor Knowles State Forest, Grantsburg, WI

A scenic recreational area along the St. Croix River in northwestern Wisconsin. Originally called the St. Croix River State Forest. On the east this state forest is bordered by county forests and two state wildlife areas and at the center the St. Croix River and its 11 tributaries leading into the Mississippi River.

Brant Brook Pines Natural Area is separated from the St.Croix River by forest acreage. More than 100,000 acres of county forests and two large wildlife areas, the Fish Lake Wildlife Areaand Crex Meadow Wildlife Area, border the forest. Beautiful forestland is comprised of ash, cedar, aspen, basswood, maple, and several varieties of pine and oak thus creating a favorite fall foliage destination. Mammals inhabiting the region include timber wolf, beaver, bobcat, otter, fisher, and porcupine. Birdlife is abundant on the forest.

Invites fishing and boating. Enjoy hiking, cross-county skiing, snowmobiling, horse trails and hunting. Wildlife is the focus of attention for both the hunter and sightseer. Hunters will find whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, black bear, snowshoe hare, squirrel and woodcock on the forest. For visitors more interested in watching wildlife, the varied habitat on the forest afford opportunities to see a wide variety of birds and animals such as sharp-tailed grouse, common yellow throat, bald eagles, pocket gopher, mink and muskrat.

Nearby Zalensky Pond, Old Logging Trail Campground and James N Mcnally Campground at Governor Knowles State Forest, Reed Lake, delightful Monson Lake, hike on the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary State Trail, Barrett Creek is magnificent awaits visitors. New trade river horse campground also available.

Private Campgrounds Reservations and Friends Of Governor Knowles State Forest

Governor Knowles State Forest in the City of Grantsburg - Burnett County (Northwest WI).


National Park Service
P.O. Box 708
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
United States
Governor Knowles State Forest
325 State Road 70, P.O. Box 367
Grantsburg, WI 54840-0367
United States
(715) 463-2898, (715) 483-3284
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