The Trust for Public Land announced the addition of 170 acres to the Savanna State Forest, including 1.25 miles of undeveloped frontage along the Mississippi River. This land, now managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will provide access to hunting, fishing, hiking and canoeing while also preserving local forest-management. The property is in the headwaters of the Mississippi River and helps to maintain connectivity to adjacent public lands and protect drinking water for 18 million people.

In coming months, a kiosk and parking area will be set-up at the northern edge of the property, allowing visitors to make a stop while road-tripping on the Great River Road.

This acquisition was completed as part of the Mississippi Headwaters Habitat Corridor Project, a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, the Mississippi Headwaters Board and the Minnesota  Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR).  In this partnership, The Trust for Public Land acquires and protects land, the Mississippi Headwaters Board coordinates the project, and the BWSR in coordination with eight headwaters soil and water conservation districts, acquires conservation easements. The project uses both fee-title acquisition and conservation easements to achieve permanent fish and wildlife habitat protection. Funding for this project was provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.


The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River through ten states. Minnesota’s Great River Road is a network of roadways offering a bounty of river experiences and spanning 565 miles, 453 communities, 20 counties, three tribes and six unique destination areas – from Lake Itasca to the Iowa Border. Minnesota’s Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MN-MRPC) is the Great River Road’s statutory commission. For more information visit and

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