Features: 669,000 acres of jack pine, aspen and vast inaccessible peat lands.
Best Times To Visit: May through June, August through March.
Birds To Look For: Northern Goshawk; Ruffed Grouse; Spruce Grouse; Northern Hawk,
Great Gray and Boreal Owls; Black-billed Cuckoo; Whip-poor-will; Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers; Alder Flycatcher; Boreal Chickadee; more than 20 species of nesting warblers including Golden-winged, Cape May, Blackburnian, Pine, Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning; Pine and Evening Grosbeaks; Red and White-winged Crossbills.
Notes For Birding The Area: Forest roads are open to the public. Thompson Forest Road is highly recommended. A few secondary roads are gated to protect surfaces during very wet periods of the spring and fall. Many forest roads are not plowed in winter. Logging trails may be hiked, giving good access to remote areas. Campgrounds and picnic areas can be found here.
Contact: For the west half of the state forest: Area Forest Supervisor, DNR Forestry, 1101 Lake Street NE, Warroad, MN 56763, (218) 386-1304.
For the east half of the state forest: Area Forest Supervisor, DNR Forestry, 206 Main Street E., Baudette, MN 56623, (218) 634-2172.