Create an event that will go down in history at the Forest History Center.

Located on the edge of scenic Grand Rapids along the Mississippi River, the site is available for business conferences, staff meetings, training sessions, scout gatherings, family reunions, picnics, and more.


The historic site is available year-round when not in use for public programming.


Visitor center

  • theater-type seating for 60 or conference seating at tables for up to 40.
  • audio-visual equipment and three breakout rooms.

1900 logging camp

  • Includes office/store, bunkhouse, cook shack, barns, and blacksmith shop.

1901 river wanigan

  • A floating cook shack/supply boat on the Mississippi River.

1934 Forest Service complex

  • Features Minnesota Forest Service cabin, tool cache, garage with Model-T, and fire tower.

Covered picnic pavilion and trails

  • Outdoor events can be customized to meet your needs with prior arrangement.


Meals can be catered at the cook shack, visitor center, or picnic grounds. Groups must make their own catering arrangements. Site staff can provide a list of qualified caterers upon request.

Costumed interpreters

Experienced costumed interpreters, provided at additional cost, can involve guests in activities.


The visitor center is wheelchair accessible. Read more about site-wide accessibility.


Free on-site parking for cars and buses is available.

Fees and reservations

For fee schedule and to reserve space at the Forest History Center, please contact: