The Sturgeon River Trail is a 22 mile hiking and skiing trail located about 9 miles north of Chisholm, Minnesota. You can access the trail from four parking areas located along Highway 73. The trail takes you along high ridges of the Sturgeon River and descends to the river bank with its large silver maples. You will travel through mature pine forests, grassy openings and reforested areas. Most of the Sturgeon River Trail follows gently rolling terrain with sections suitable for all levels of hikers and skiers. A loop around Jean and Louise Lakes is steeper and suited for intermediate level. Use of this trail is light and often you can find yourself enjoying a remote experience.
19 miles of skiing trails. Mostly beginner and intermediate level trails. Trail runs through mature pine forest, stands of aspen and open meadows; much wildlife including grouse, deer and coyote. High ridges over the Sturgeon River offer scenic views. Shelters along trails. Maps along trail.
If you like a solitary ski or hike in a diverse forest setting, this trail is for you. It takes you along the high banks of the Sturgeon River, descends to the river with its large, old silver maples and travels through mature pines, grassy openings and reforested areas.
Warming shelter on trail
The Sturgeon River Trails are located about 9 miles north of Chisholm on Highway 73. There are three parking lots along the highway at 9, 10.5 and 14.5 miles north of Chisholm and a fourth lot 1 mile west of Hwy 73 on Co Rd 73.
Laurentian Ranger District
318 Forestry Road
Aurora, Minnesota 55705