Chippewa National Forest Guide

The Chippewa National Forest was originally established as a reserve in 1902 and re-established as a national forest in 1908. This large national forest is almost half comprised of various types of watersheds and also has a unique area of old-growth trees, many of which are around 350 years old. Because of a mapping error in the 1800s, the "Lost 40" area of 144 acres was never logged. The forest offers plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities, and you can also tour historic sites, like Camp Rabideau, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp that is of the best-preserved of its kind, and the Chippewa National Forest Historic Supervisor's Office, which was also built by the CCC. There are three visitor centers within the national forest: Cut Foot Sioux Visitor Center at Deer River, Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center at Marcell, and Norway Beach Visitor Center at Cass Lake.

Where to Camp

Camping in Chippewa National Forest

The Chippewa National Forest has a multitude of lakes, thick forests, and Ojibwa reservation lands. There are ample recreational activities and historic sites to discover within the forest, and driving your own or a rental RV from RVshare is one of the most comfortable ways to get around this wilderness. 

RV Rentals Near Chippewa National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Chippewa National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Chippewa National Forest

Chippewa National Forest is in northern Minnesota and features quite a number of lakes, approximately 1,300 in all. Three of Minnesota's largest lakes are inside the forest: Leech Lake, Cass Lake, and Lake Winnibigoshish. Fishing is a popular activity in this preserve in all seasons, and anglers can catch species like walleye, panfish, pike, muskie, and varieties of bass. Hunting is also available in season, with waterfowl and grouse being some of the most targeted populations to be hunted.

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How to get to Chippewa National Forest

Address: 200 Ash Avenue NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633

Fee: Entry fee (ages 62+) $10.0

Fee: Entry fee (annual pass) $80.0

The Chippewa National Forest is known as one of the most "aquatic" national forests, with more than 400,000 acres of wetlands, 400,000 acres of open water, 1,300 lakes, and 923 miles of streams. Fishing in the Chippewa National Forest is a prime sport, and there are numerous places to practice your angler skills. However, there are also many other things to do and see beyond fishing. Embarking on an RV road trip through the forest is an excellent way to experience all this pristine preserve has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Chippewa National Forest

What is the closest town to Chippewa National Forest?

Deer River, Minnesota is one of the closest towns to Chippewa National Forest. You'll find places to eat, sleep, shop, and more in town.

What type of wildlife lives in Chippewa National Forest?

Wildlife that lives in the Chippewa National Forest includes white-tailed deer, black bears, grey wolves, bald eagles, and a variety of other small animals. There is also a variety of birds that live in the forest.

What is the best time to visit Chippewa National Forest?

Summer is the best time to visit Chippewa National Forest. The weather is mild and visitors can hike, swim, paddle, and more.

Is there a fee to get into Chippewa National Forest?

No, there is not a fee to get into Chippewa National Forest. However, there may be additional fees or permits required for certain activities or to visit certain areas of the forest.

Does Chippewa National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Chippewa National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed within the forest, and many dispersed sites are available along lakes and rivers. Canoe camping is common in the area.