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Fishing on the Chippewa National Forest more

As glaciers sculpted northern Minnesota's landscape 10,000 years ago, they also carved some of the nation's best fishing lakes. The frozen rock and ice formed deep clear basins, now home to trout. Glacial sediments filled other basins producing nutrient-rich lakes with complex food webs which feed walleye, bass and panfish. These fish, along with others, are in turn dinner for northern pike and muskie.
The Chippewa National Forest is at the headwaters of two major drainages, the Mississipi River and Hudson Bay. Twenty-five watersheds lace the Forest with 400,000 acres of open water; 1,300 lakes including three of Minnesota’s five largest, 925 miles of streams and over 400,000 acres of wetlands. The combined acreage of lakes, streams and wetlands represents half of the 1.6 million acres within the Chippewa National Forest boundary.