The Chippewa National Forest is located in northern Minnesota.
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WELCOME to the Chippewa National Forest 
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Todd Tisler and Jon Hodgson receiving award from the Chief of the Forest Service

Chippewa National Forest employees Todd Tisler and Jon Hodgson accepting the USDA Forest Service's "Rise to the Future" award for the Knutson Dam Replacement Project. The annual Rise to the Future award celebrates outstanding leadership in fisheries, hydrology, soil science and air programs.


In September 2015, the Chippewa National Forest and partners implemented the Knutson Dam Replacement Project which included removing the existing dam and replacing it with rock arch rapids.  The following partners provided funding and technical expertise for the project:  MN DNR, Leech Lake Band of Ijibwe, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, BIA and Ottertail Power.  more


  •  Knutson Dam boat landing is now open | 5|14|16 (The campground will open 5/25)
  • West Winnie boat landing is now open  | 5|11|16

Forest Plan Monitoring Changes |  4/29/16
Administrative Changes

2014 Monitoring and Evaluation Report

Current Timber Sales FY16  | Bid Results

Closure Orders:
Knutson Dam Replacement Project:
Knutson Dam  |  Map  |  Drawings  |  Lakeland News



OHV Information

4-wheelers on forest

"2016" OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy


Fishing on the Chippewa

Gone Fishing Picture and Sign

The "2016" Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 14.
The 2016 Governor's fishing opener will take place on Big Sandy Lake near McGregor, Minnesota.

Chippewa NF Deer Stand Information

phot of a hunter in orange walking a forest hunter walkign trail

Only portable stands/blinds that do not damage trees and are placed 1 week prior to and removed 1 week after the close of Big Game Hunting season are allowed. 


Firewood Restrictions

picture of bon fire

CLOSURE ORDER bans the possession, storage, or transport of any firewood.  Don't move firewood!  Burn it where you buy ...