Forest History Center

Adventure in the north woods

Adventure in the north woods

Experience the stories of the north woods and learn about the lumberjacks who called these forests home. Explore Minnesota’s forests of yesterday and today through exhibits and nature trails.

What to see and do

Visitor center.

Discover at the visitor center

Explore the history and ecology of the north woods and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs to take home.

Fire tower.

Climb the fire tower

Climb a 100-foot fire tower for a spectacular view of the Mississippi River and the forest canopy. You may even experience a bald eagle soaring by!

Tour the logging camp

See how the lumberjacks lived and worked at a recreated 1900-era logging camp.


Get back to nature

Enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing on 5 miles of maintained trails through forests, wetlands, and grasslands that abound with wildlife.

Mississippi River Paddling Adventures

A small group of people kayaking.

Join Forest History Center staff on a kayak adventure exploring the natural history of the Mississippi River.

We'll be on the lookout for beaver, birds, bugs, bulrushes and so much more. Learn how the river has impacted our landscape and our history.

Come get your feet wet and have some fun on a guided tour of our little stretch of the Mighty Mississippi.

This 90-minute guided tour is for ages 10 and up.