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Spring has sprung on the forest!Learn the role fire plays on the forest. Mark your calendars for winter events on the forest.Make your reservations now for the 2019 camping season.

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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.


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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The Nature Conservancy and Chippewa National Forest continue good work

Fall forest and river image.

In 2016, the Chippewa National Forest and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) signed a participating agreement that provided an opportunity to sustain cooperative efforts in landscape restoration.

Ice-out dates interest many Minnesotans

Ice on the beach at Stony Point.

Lake life in northern Minnesota is a year-round experience, but a sure sign of spring is hearing the words ice-out!


Local program spells success for students and employees

Chippewa National Forest employees participating in Students First through a local school district.

Forest Service employees are committed to giving back to the communities that they live and work in and volunteer work is a big part in making a difference.

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.

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Click for memorial tree planting info.

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

Area school middle school kids were a part of the Chippewa's youth archaeology workshop

Archaeology workshop on the Chippewa



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