Governor Knowles State Forest

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Governor Knowles State Forest
Wisconsin State Forest
Named for: Warren P. Knowles
Country United States
State Wisconsin
Counties Burnett, Polk
Location Grantsburg
 - coordinates 45°46′27″N 92°46′45″W / 45.77417°N 92.77917°W / 45.77417; -92.77917Coordinates: 45°46′27″N 92°46′45″W / 45.77417°N 92.77917°W / 45.77417; -92.77917
Area 19,753 acres (7,993.8 ha)
Founded 1970
Management Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape

Governor Knowles State Forest is a 19,753 acre (79.9 km²) unit of the Wisconsin state park system that stretches for 55 miles (89 km) along the St. Croix River. It is managed as a wilderness buffer for the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway. On the east the state forest is bordered by county forests and two state wildlife areas. Originally called the St. Croix River State Forest, it was renamed in 1981 to honor former Wisconsin governor Warren P. Knowles for his conservation and outdoorsman ethics.

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