The Buena Vista State Forest is a state forest located in Beltrami County, Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources manages18,693 acres (7,565 ha) of state lands, with the majority of the forest split between private and other public ownership. The eastern half of the forest falls within the Chippewa National Forest, where Federal lands are managed by the United States Forest Service.
Boating and fishing are popular on the lakes accessible in the forest, including Lake Beltrami, Big Bass Lake, Gull Lake, Sandy Lake, and Three Island Lake.
Outdoor recreation activities include hunting, picnicking, as well as backcountry camping. Trails include 20 miles (32 km) for cross-country skiing, and 21 miles (34 km) for snowmobiling. The snowmobiling trail connects with other regional trails to provide access to Nebish, Blackduck, Turtle River, and Bemidji.