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Near Grantsburg in Burnett County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Governor Knowles State Forest

 
 
Governor Knowles State Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2011
1. Governor Knowles State Forest Marker
Inscription. The St. Croix River winds its way through wild and scenic countryside from its origin in a Spruce-Tamarack swamp near Upper St. Croix Lake. The waters of the Namekagon join the St. Croix 45 miles upstream from this sign. The river system varies from swift and rocky whitewater to placid flowages enroute to the dam 36 miles south, at St. Croix Falls.

Historically, the river system was a major highway to native Americans, voyageurs, explorers, missionaries, and loggers. The Santee Sioux and Chippewa tribes fought repeatedly for possession of the valuable rice lakes in the St. Croix basin - a war which was to last well into the nineteenth century. During the 1700's and 1800's numerous outposts along the waterways in quest of control of the profitable fur trade. With the depletion of the beaver in the 1830's, an 80-year logging era began in the pineries along the river.

The Governor Knowles State Forest, established in 1970, and the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway created in 1968, provide protection for this valuable resource. Many thousands of people each year enjoy the recreational opportunities provided on the riverway and the state forest. The Northern States Power Company played a key role in the establishment of the National Scenic Riverway and the state forest by the donation of 25,000 acres of land.
 
Location.
Governor Knowles State Forest Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2011
2. Governor Knowles State Forest Marker
45° 46.35′ N, 92° 46.711′ W. Marker is near Grantsburg, Wisconsin, in Burnett County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 70 west of Gravel Pit Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at a highway wayside located at the entrance to the Governor Knowles State Forest St. Croix Campground. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15425 State Highway 70, Grantsburg WI 54840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canute Anderson (approx. 5.6 miles away); Pine City (approx. 10.1 miles away in Minnesota); 1980 Ekdall Church Fire (approx. 10.1 miles away); Crex Meadows (approx. 10.5 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Governor Knowles State Forest. "The Governor Knowles State Forest acts as a resource protection zone for the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The forest is 55 miles long and up to two miles wide." (Submitted on July 12, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryWars, US IndianWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker at Wayside image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2011
3. Marker at Wayside
Governor Knowles State Forest Information Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2011
4. Governor Knowles State Forest Information Kiosk
[left of marker]
Warren P. Knowles image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 12, 2011
5. Warren P. Knowles
(1908 - 1993)

Warren Knowles, for whom the state forest is named, was above all an outdoorsman. Even as Governor of Wisconsin he never missed an opportunity to get out and enjoy Wisconsinís magnificent natural resources. He coupled this love for the outdoors with an unwavering commitment to conservation.

Knowles was elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 1940, serving continuously until 1955 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor. Knowles promoted a conservation agenda in both of these positions. He was a major force behind the original Outdoor Recreation Act Program (ORAP) in 1961, which generated funds for land acquisition.

In 1964 Knowles was elected to his first of three terms as Wisconsin Governor. While Governor, Knowles initiated efforts to reduce water pollution and expanded ORAP funding to increase the acquisition of land for conservation purposes. He also founded the Governorís Fishing Opener in 1968, to focus attention on all that Wisconsin offers for anglers. He participated in this event both as Governor and for many years after he left public service. In fact, Governor Knowles died during a break from fishing on opening day in 1993. It is in tribute to Governor Knowles and his conservation accomplishments that this forest is named in his honor.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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