Minnesota OHV Trails
Alvwood-Squaw Lake and Blue Ox
Map of the Alvwood-Squaw Lake Trail and Blue Ox Trail in Minnesota. Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR).
Alvwood-Squaw Lake Trail: This 159 mile trail shares road shoulders and right-of-way to make a scenic tour through Bowstring State Forest and the Chippewa National Forest. Enjoy the ride through forests of Aspen and Pine, view of lakes and many streams, and cross the longest ATV trail boardwalk in Itasca County. This trail connects to the Island Lake Connection Trail to the Blue Ox Trail. The trails is provided by Itasca County and the Alvwood-Squaw Lake ATV Club. Winter Use: Trail is open to winter ATV riding until March 15. ATVs are not allowed on groomed snowmobile trails after December 1. In winter most of the trail itself is on plowed roads that are shared with road vehicles but any other sections are not groomed for shared usage. The segment on County Road 149 just east of Squaw Lake runs parallel for half a mile with the Avenue of the Pines Snowmobile Trail. ATVs are on the County Road and the snowmobiles are in the ditch on the south side of the road. There are no official parking lots; however some area businesses allow parking. Please note that there are no vault toilets or porta-potties any time of year for this trail. Blue Ox Trail Located in northern Minnesota, the 74-mile Blue Ox Trail follows an abandoned railroad grade and provides an easy and relatively straight ride. Traveling through stretches of black spruce, swamps and upland aspen stands, the trail provides a scenic ride any season of the year. Ideal for viewing wildlife, remember to watch for beavers, eagles, moose, wolves and bobcats. Notes: Follow the detour signs along Highway 71 near the Bigfork River in Big Falls. The trail is closed from Highway 6 to County Road 31. Also the trail begins and ends on the north and south edge of the City of Littlefork. The City permits ATV travel through town. The trail is provided by Koochiching County. Winter Use: No winter use by OHVs on any part of the Blue Ox trail.
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