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Governor Knowles State Forest Current conditions

Trail Section Closures: Two trail sections are closed at Governor Knowles State Forest until further notice. These sections will reopen when repairs are complete:

  • A 4-mile segment on the Lost Creek Trail, from Clam Dam Road (mile 33) to North River Road is closed due to a bridge needing repairs. This segment also includes a backpack campsite which is also closed. 
  • A 1-mile segment of the Cedar Interpretive Hiking Trails, from mile marker 25 to 26 is closed due to downed trees and damaged boardwalks.

Trade River Equestrian Trails: The Barrens Loop on the Trade River Equestrian Trail System is temporarily closed from mile marker 3 west to 250th Avenue due to a timber harvest. Trail users should use 250th Avenue as an alternative until the trail is reopened for safe travel. The trail is expected to re-open about 10/15/18.

Camping

The fall riding season is in full swing at the Trade River Equestrian Campground and reservations for weekends are filling up fast. Keep in mind, the Trade River Equestrian Campground has 20 first-come, first-served sites that do not show up on the reservation system.

Electrification of five sites in the St. Croix Family Campground has started. The project is expected to continue through October.

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Remember to contact the state forest headquarters at 715-463-2898 for a special camping permit if you are interested in camping in our primitive campsites. Permits should be obtained seven days prior to occupying the site.

Trails

Trails are in good condition and open for use.

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Last revised: Tuesday October 02 2018