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Sprawling over 19,343 acres, Governor Knowles State Forest is located in Northwest Polk and Southwest Burnett Counties in Northwestern Wisconsin. The state forest sits close to Wisconsin and Minnesota border making it a popular outdoor destination with locals from both states. The forest is located about 20 miles away from the town of Siren, WI, approximately 13 miles from Pine City. The beautiful St. Croix River flows along the edge of the forest.

Governor Knowles State Forest has previously been known as St. Croix River State Forest. It was renamed Governor Knowles State Forest in 1981 after Warren P. Knowles, a famous conservationist and a prominent former governor in this state.

Governor Knowles State Forest is a paradise for great outdoors lovers. When you search for an RV rental in Grantsburg, there are several activities to choose from. St. Croix River has options to fish, canoe, and kayak. On land, visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and hunting. During winter, the forest offers activities such as skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

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Getting Outdoors

Should you would love to spend your day outdoors wandering through Governor Knowles State Forest on foot, there are about 40 miles of hiking trails available. This is a great way of spotting the many varieties of wildlife that calls this place home. They include bears, deer, raccoons, bald eagles, and squirrels. For equestrian enthusiasts, there are many trails scattered throughout the southern region of the forest.

For visitors interested in aquatic activities, St. Croix River is a popular fishing joint. Fishing is one of the prime activities here. The most prominent species include catfish, bass, and walleye. Musky and sturgeon are also in plenty.

Biking is one of the favorite pastimes here, so don’t forget to pack your bike in your motorhome rental when visiting Governor Knowles State Forest. Biking is especially popular along the Cedar Interpretive Trail, Wood River Interpretive Trail, and the Brandt Pines Interpretive Trail.

Love skiing? Consider renting an RV in Pine City in winter. A good number of Governor Knowles State Forest hiking trails are converted to cross-country trails during this season. Snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling are also favorite winter sports here.

Camping at Governor Knowles State Forest

When you are visiting Governor Knowles State Forest with your travel trailer rental, there are two RV-friendly parks within the forest. On the southern edge of the forest, campers will find Trade River Equestrian Campground. The campground has 40 RV sites, with only 15 sites offering electric hookups. Amenities offered include fire rings, horse tie posts, communal water spigots, and vault toilets. While this campground accepts equestrian campers throughout the year, it only opens seasonally for other campers. Sites can accommodate RV rentals of up to 80 feet.

Located east of St. Croix River, St. Croix Family Campground offers 30 campsites. This is a rustic campground with very few sites offering electric hookups. Amenities offered include a dump station, drinking water, and fire rings.

Exploring the Area

This region of Wisconsin offers nice theme parks, wineries, museums, golf courses, and other amazing attractions. One of the best places to visit with your motorhome rental is the nearby Glacial Lake Grantsburg Wildlife Complex sprawling over 50,000 acres. This area features four state-owned wildlife areas. They include Amsterdam Sloughs, Crex Meadows, Danbury, and Fish Lake. This landscape is covered with forests and wetlands. Regardless of the wildlife area, you decide to visit, you are assured of having close encounters with many animals. Should you enjoy birding, pack your birding guide in camper rental before heading to this Wisconsin gem. Most common birds include Canadian geese, herons, cranes, and ospreys. Beavers, deer, and coyotes are some of the animals spotted here.

When you are traveling with kids, consider driving your luxury RV rental to Wild Mountain Winter & Summer Recreation. Located near Taylors Falls, this Minnesota ski area offers fun attractions and activates such as snow tubing, go-karts, alpine slides, skiing, and snowboarding.

Should you love history, Snake River Fur Post is about 15 miles away. Previously known as North West Company, this is a 19th-century fur trade post located in Grantsburg, WI. While here, guests can learn about the history of the fur trade and the role of the Snake River during the trade. There are trails open for hikers in summer and for skiers in winter.

When you are looking for local events, consider booking your motorhome rental in July when Snowmobile Watercross World Champions takes place at Memory Lake Park. Every year for over four decades, thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada come together.

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