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About the Chippewa

The Chippewa National Forest, located in the heart of northern Minnesota, is a celebration of seasons, culture and environment.

The Chippewa National Forest is the first National Forest established east of the Mississippi River in 1908 and is the home to more lakes and wetlands than any other National Forest. The forest was 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 early, logging-era and Civilian Conservation Corps days. Learn more about the forest.

Recent News


OHV Information

2018 OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Wildfire On Ice is nice for firefighters

Wildland On Ice 2019 committee and volunteers

Several hundred wildland firefighters and their families from around Minnesota and other states traveled to Walker for the 8th annual Wildfire On Ice hockey tournament.

Senator Smith visits the Chippewa National Forest

Sen. Smith and staff with Forest employees Darla Lenz,

February 23, 2019, U.S. Senator Tina Smith, D-Minn., stopped by the Chippewa National Forest Supervisor’s office in Cass Lake, Minn. for a visit.


Forest Health Workshop promotes shared stewardship throughout Minnesota

On February 5, 2019, 137 federal, State, tribal, and private representatives came together for the Annual Forest Health Workshop hosted by the Chippewa National Forest and Minnesota DNR

The winter of big snow and frigidtemps brings challenges to the Forest

Forest timber marking crew

The winter of 2018-2019 will be remembered for big snow, frigid temps and challenging field work conditions on the Chippewa National Forest.

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Click for memorial tree planting info.

Donations made in memory of loved ones provide funding for reforestation projects.