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Big Fork River

Green trees and grass on the bank of a still lake.

The Big Fork River watershed covers 1,326,947 acres. The river flows north 165 miles from Dora Lake (45 miles northeast of Bemidji in north-central Itasca County) to the Rainy River, which forms the Minnesota/Canadian border. This confluence is 16 miles west-southwest of International Falls. Nearly 60% of the watershed is land owned or managed by the state.

Development pressure is moderate in most areas, with occasional farms being parceled out for development, recreation, or country homes.


Lindsey Krumrie
Watershed project manager