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: Cass Lake, Minnesota
  • District offices: Blackduck, Deer River and Walker

  • Forest Managed: 672,167.2 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 and 68 dispersed campsites.
  • 10 miles of paved bike trails
  • 160 miles of hiking trails
  • 278 miles of non-motorized trails
  • 312 miles of snowmobile trails
  • 21 miles of OHV trails
  • 24 miles of designated horse trails plus 200+ low standard roads to ride. 

Most of the non-motorized trails on the Chippewa are multi-use, so there are actually many more miles allowed for many activities. For water recreationists, the Chippewa also has 85 boat accesses. Hunting, fishing, berry-picking, bird watching and visitor centers offer year round recreation opportunities!

Archaeology:

Over 3000 archeological and historic sites documenting over 10,000 years of history in the region. Notable sites include: the Forest Supervisor’s Office, a three story log building built by the CCC in 1936; Camp Rabideau, a nearly complete CCC camp and National Historic Landmark; and the Old Cutfoot Sioux Ranger Station which was built in 1908 and is the oldest ranger station east of the Mississippi River.

Experimental Forests

  • Pike Bay
  • Marcell
  • Cut Foot 

Timber Fiscal Year 2018

  • Acres - 6,262 | Timber volume harvest - 50.8 MMBF million board feet per year.
    Average (2013-2017): Acres harvested - 5,471 acres per year | Volume harvested - 48.5 MMBF million board feet per year.

Reforestation:

  • Site prep - 1655 acres at 89 sites.
  • Planting - 1732 acres at 92 different sites.
  • Stocking surveys - 8730 acres at 425 sites.
  • Animal damage control - 4272 acres at 183 sites.
  • Release - 550 acres, 28 sites. 

Fires and Fuels:

  • FY18 total integrated acres is 11,012.
  • Prescribed burned: 4201 acres.
  • Wildfires: 43 for 166.4 acres.
  • Forest supports 77 red carded employees.
  • The forest filled 104 out-of-state resource requests for national mobilization.

Special Uses:

  • 285 recreation residences;
  • 10 resorts - operating under a forest special use permit

Engineering FY18:

  • 2300 miles of road system with 36 road bridges and 39 trail bridges 

Wildlife and plants:

  • Rare and sensitive species, including:
    • goshawk
    • northern long-eared bat
    • rusty patched bumble bee
    • goblin ferns
    • osprey
    • orchids.
  • Over 250 wildlife species
  • 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.




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