- Imagine a forest that is over half water! Visitors to the Chippewa National Forest explore over 700 lakes and 920 miles of rivers which make up the Forest's vast wetlands. The Chippewa is recognized for its quality walleye and muskie lakes as well as its network of snowmobile trails. Camp along the shores of some of Minnesota's largest lakes and share a golden sunset, or venture into the backcountry to enjoy the solitude of the north woods.
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Canoeing on the Chippewa National Forest
The Chippewa is home to the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Over 60 threatened, endangered, and sensitive species make the Chippewa their home. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, and waterfowl offer good hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities. From the smallest of orchids to towering pine trees, the Forest offers a wonderful discover zone of plants and animals.
The Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, Minnesota Trunk Highway 38, meanders 47 miles north from Grand Rapids to Effie, Minnesota. The Edge of the Wilderness has more than 1,000 lakes and one large river nearby, all in a landscape of remarkable natural beauty. It offers some of Minnesota's most popular fishing, hunting, camping, trail, winter sports and resort opportunities.
Recreation - The unique qualities of the Chippewa offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities all year long. Families flock in for naturalist programs scheduled throughout the summer at the Cut Foot Sioux and Norway Beach Visitor Centers.
You will find family campgrounds, located across the Forest's 666,000 acres, offering everything from protected boat harbors to hot showers. Many of the campgrounds have access to hiking or biking trails, fishing piers, scenic byways, and of course, some of the best fishing lakes in the state.
As glaciers sculpted northern Minnesota's landscape 10,000 years ago, they also carved some of the nation's best fishing lakes. Fishing equipment, rental boats and guides are available in most localities. Launch services are available on Leech, Cass, and Lake Winnibigoshish.
Hike and view spring wildflowers, bike along a tranquil wetland, hunt grouse on a hunter/walking trail, or ski through winter woods. The Chippewa National Forest offers over 160 miles of trail through Northern Minnesota. Hiking trails are for non motorized use unless otherwise noted.
The Chippewa National Forest offers nine canoe routes, ranging from the mighty Mississippi and the unpredictable Leech Lake to the slow moving Shingobee River and other small creeks.
Winter enthusiasts discover excellent snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling opportunities. Watch for winter celebrations throughout the Forest communities
Climate - Northern Minnesota experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are very cold, with plenty of snow for winter recreation activities. Spring and autumn are transitional periods, with normally mild temperatures but occasional seasonal fluctuations. The area is renowned for its spectacular autumn colors. Summers bring warm temperatures. Expect plenty of mosquitoes during the summer months.
The Chippewa National Forest is located in northern Minnesota, roughly between the cities of Grand Rapids and Bemidji. The Forest is headquartered in Cass Lake, Minnesota, with offices also in Black Duck, Deer River, Marcell and Walker. Highway 2 and many other roads access the Forest.