Chippewa National Forest - Forest Facts

  • Established:
    • 1902: Minnesota Forest Reserve by the Morris Act. Only National Forest formed to benefit Indian People.
    • 1908: Chippewa National Forest
  • Location: North Central Minnesota  | Forest Supervisor’s Office location: Cass Lake, Minnesota
  • Forest Managed: 667,094 acres  |  44%  overlaps  with the Leech Lake Reservation

  • Lakes and Wetlands:
    • 1300 Lakes and ponds, 925 Miles of Rivers; 440,000 acres wetlands, 25 watersheds.
    • 13% of all surface water in National Forest System
    • Three of the ten largest lakes in Minnesota: Leech Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish and Cass Lake.
    • Part of the Mississippi Headwaters region
  • Recreation: 21 developed campgrounds, 41 miles of paved bike trails, 43 miles of unpaved bike trails, 160 miles of hiking trails, 298 miles of non-motorized trails, 380 miles of snowmobile trails, 68 dispersed camping locations, 20 miles of horse trails, 83 boat accesses. Hunting, fishing, berry-picking, bird watching and visitor centers --year round recreation opportunities!
  • Over 3000 archeological and historic sites including: the Forest Supervisor’s Office listed on the National Historic Register and built by the CCC’s in 1936, Rabideau CCC Camp National Historic Landmark and the Cut Foot Sioux Ranger Station which was the first ranger station on the Forest and first east of the Mississippi River.
  • Three Experimental Forests: Pike Bay, Marcell, Cutfoot.
  • Timber Acres harvested:  (2013-2017) – 5,471 acres per year. 
    Average volume harvested: (2013-2017) – 48.5 MMBF million board feet per year.
  • 2017 prescribed burned 5781 acres and entered 4100.2 timber acres. The total integrated acres is 9881.2
  • Special Uses: 286 Recreation Residences; 10 Resorts - operating under a Forest special use permit
  • Wildlife and Plants: Rare and sensitive species, including goshawk, northern long-eared bat, rusty patched bumble bee, goblin ferns, osprey and orchids. Over 250 wildlife species, and 180 nesting pairs of bald eagles. Large fisheries program, walleye, muskie, lake trout, pan fish, bass. Seventy species of fish, nine species of freshwater mussels.