LaCroix Ranger District

Area Status: Open
LaCroix Ranger District Office

Welcome to the LaCroix Ranger District.  The landscape in this area is covered with dense forest and spotted with numerous lakes.  Destination highlights include the Vermilion River and its falls and gorge, the Echo Trail, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Also nearby is scenic Lake Vermilion.  Recreational activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and much more.  

The district office and visitor center is located in the town of Cook on US Hwy 53 midway between Duluth and International Falls.  The log visitor center has regional information, many wildlife mounts, and a gift shop with maps, books, and other items for sale. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Office hours and information 
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: LaCroix Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


From the south, continue on Highway 53 North through Cook.  Look for the sign on the left hand side of highway just north of Cook. 


Visitor parking lot located on the south side of visitor center. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at LaCroix Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at LaCroix Ranger District

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at LaCroix Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Areas for Dispersed Camping at LaCroix Ranger District

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at LaCroix Ranger District


Areas for Backpacking at LaCroix Ranger District

Small Game Hunting

Areas for Small Game Hunting at LaCroix Ranger District

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Areas for Game Bird/Waterfowl at LaCroix Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at LaCroix Ranger District

Visitor Centers

While the LaCroix Ranger District office is not a Visitor Center, there are some interpretive displays and staff is on hand to supply information, issue BWCAW permits, and otherwise answer visitor questions.


Areas for Picnicking at LaCroix Ranger District

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at LaCroix Ranger District

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at LaCroix Ranger District


Areas for Snowmobiling at LaCroix Ranger District

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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