Caribou Lake Hunter Walking Trails


A displaying male ruffed grouse

Caribou Lake Hunter Walking Trails were developed for the conservation of ruffed grouse and woodcock and to provide hunting opportunities for these upland birds.  They also provide good habitat for birders to observe these and other species.

The area consists of several miles of interconnected loops through forest and openings.  Bring a map of the area when you visit.

You are allowed to hunt from the trail in this area.  You are also allowed to travel off trail.

There is no ATV or OHV use in the area, these are strictly walking trails.

Downloadable map and information.

As you hike or hunt, remember to Leave No Trace.  It is part of a good hunting ethic.

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead and prepare. Remove flagging.        
  • Use trails when possible.
  • Dispose of waste properly.  Pack out shell casings, and remove dog litter when possible.
  • Minimize use and impact of fires.
  • Respect wildlife.  Keep dogs under control, and don't allow them to chase other animals.
  • Leave what you find.  Sight-in rifles away from hunting areas, don’t use  signs, trees etc. as targets
  • Be considerate of other visitors.  Be aware of your field of fire and where other trails are located.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Hunting requires a valid Minnesota Hunting License.  Visit the MN DNR for more details.
Open Season: Trails are always open, see MN DNR for hunting seasons.
Closest Towns: Lutsen
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


Caribou Lake Hunter Walking Trails are located off the Caribou Trail (Co 4), 6 miles north of Lutsen.

  • From MN 61, turn north on County Road 4 (Caribou Trail) just NE of the town of Lutsen.
  • Follow Cty 4 about 6 miles north.  FR 1233 (Mistletoe Creek Road) is on the east side.  It runs through the area.
  • There are several gated entrances along 1233.  There is no motorized traffic within the walking trail area, so do not drive past the gates

General Notes:

Forest Road 1233 runs down the middle of this hunting area.  Hunters are reminded that it is illegal to shoot from a road, or shoot across a road.


There are two parking areas, one on the left about 1 1/2 miles up 1233, and the other on the right approximately 1/4 mile farther.  The first is the larger parking area.  There is additional parking along 1233 where the trails cross the road, but do not block the road. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking

Caribou Lake Hunter Walking Trails are open to be hiked by anyone and are not exclusive for use by hunters.  Hikers using the trail system during hunting seasons should dress appropriately in blaze orange and respect hunters by not flushing birds or interfering with their hunt.


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Winter Sports

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