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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.

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OHV Information

2020 OHV Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Policy

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Winter is coming… Plant Dormancy

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Just as our bears have packed on pounds to make it through another long winter, plants too have been storing energy all summer to make it through to next spring.

November Hunting Traditions on the Chippewa National Forest

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Law enforcement officers are very familiar with the backroads and area trails. Over the years, officers also get to know frequent campers, especially some of the folks setting up deer camps.


Winter Checklist for the Fisher!

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The first snow has fallen, a reminder that winter is fast approaching. The checklist for winter preparation has begun for both humans and animals alike.

Sand Lakes Resource Management Project

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In August, a decision was made regarding the implementation of the Sand Lakes Resource Management Project on the Walker and Deer River Ranger Districts of the Chippewa National Forest.

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