Sturgeon River Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Sturgeon River Trail is a 22-mile hiking and skiing trail and also offers opportunities for camping and river fishing. The trail winds along high ridges of the Sturgeon River, near the river bank with its large silver maples, and through mature pine forests, grassy openings and reforested areas. Most of the Sturgeon River Trail follows gently rolling terrain with sections suitable for all levels of hikers and skiers. A loop around Jean and Louise Lakes is steeper and suited for intermediate level. Jean Lake features an adirondack-type shelter for campers. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: In the winter, visit for current ski trail conditions. 
Permit Info: None required.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles not allowed.
Closest Towns: Chisholm, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Restroom: None available
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-453-8650

General Information


The Sturgeon River Trail system is 9 miles north of Chisholm and 6 miles east of McCarthy State Park. Four parking areas from Chisholm:

  • Drive 9 miles north on Highway 73. Turn left on Forest Road 279. Parking lot at corner.
  • Drive 10.5 miles north on Highway 73. Turn left on Forest Road 703. Parking lot along highway.
  •  Drive 12 miles north on Highway 73. Turn left on County Road 65. Drive 1.3 miles to parking lot.
  •  Drive 14.5 miles north on Highway 73. Park off the highway on east side- ¼ mile north of County Road 688 jct. Trail starts on west side of highway. This lot may not be plowed in winter.



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