Chippewa National Forest

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The Chippewa National Forest offers a unique experience all year round from the spring flowers to fall colors.

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Chippewa National Forest

"Smokey Bear’s 78th Birthday" will be celebrated at the Norway Beach VIC 11am - 2pm, Friday, August 12, 2022. Smokey will make appearances at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. Call 218-335-3076 for more information. 

The Chippewa National Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture and environment. Come explore the big lakes, big pines and all the Forest has to offer.

The Chippewa National Forest was the first national forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908. Originally known as the Minnesota National Forest, the name was changed in 1928 to honor the original inhabitants. Today, the Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe share goals and offer visitors a chance to experience Anishinabe culture and learn about the past from prehistory to the early logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days.  About the Forest | Chippewa Visitor Map


Youth Archaeology Camp 2022

The Chippewa National Forest participated in a Youth Archaeology Workshop on July 19 -21 after a two-year hiatus resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Forest Service partnered with the Minnesota Historical Society and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to explore a ca. 1890s to 1930s farmstead on the grounds of the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids.  

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Archaeology Intern 2022

This summer on the Chippewa, an intern, Maria Chiaberta, from the Conservation Corps of Minnesota Iowa has joined the Heritage program. Maria returns from the Northern Illinois region for a 2nd term, having previously worked alongside the Forest Service and CCMI in 2018.

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