On the northwestern tip of Wisconsin, right on the St. Croix River and the Minnesota state line, Governor Knowles State Forest stretches for 55 miles along the river and spans for a total of over 32,000 acres. The eastern side of the state forest is bordered by county forests and wildlife areas.Governor Knowles State Forest has six designated natural areas and a wilderness zone, which protect ecosystems and local wildlife.
Governor Knowles State Forest has 40 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. There are even a few backpacking campsites along the paths. During winter months, there are 32 miles of ATV and snowmobile trails, eight miles of skate and cross-country skiing trails, and even 62 miles of unimproved roads visitors are allowed to explore.
If you bring your dog with you on your hike, always come prepared with plenty of water for both you and your pet. Pick up any pet waste and do not let your dog disturb other guests or wildlife. For those with horses, there are also equestrian trails and campgrounds you can utilize.
Governor Knowles State Forest also offers opportunities to bike, canoe and kayak, hunt, fish, and more. Hunters may find deer, turkey, black bear, grouse, squirrel, and woodcock in the forest. And Governor Knowles State Forest has excellent fishing streams for trout.
For overnight visitors, there are several campgrounds to choose from, offering a total of 130 campsites. Sites vary in availability and reservation cost. Contact the park office for specific rates and season dates. Governor Knowles State Forest is open all year-round. Admission fees start at $8 for vehicles with Wisconsin license plates. Reservations for the campground may be made in advance online or by phone.
When you visit Governor Knowles State Forest, be respectful of park rules and regulations, and be mindful of other park guests. With stunning views and no shortage of room to explore, Governor Knowles State Forest has plenty to offer everyone who visits—even your four-legged family members.