Employees Favorite Places

Photo from Jen Guith

Jen Guith, Support Service Specialist on Deer River District

Started on the Chippewa: 2006

Favorite Place: Turtle Lake

“Beautiful spot in the northern part of our Forest,” stated Jen.


Ben Hodgson at Benjamin Lake

Ben Hodgson, Forestry Tech Blackduck District 

Started on the Chippewa: 2017 as a summer naturalist

Favorite Place: Benjamin Lake Wayside Rest

Boat access, fishing pier and picnic tables and campfire rings.


Anna and her dog Asher on Pike Bay

Anna Plumb, Forest Soil Scientist

Started on the Chippewa: Spring 2019

Favorite Place: Not one favorite place but ALL the lakes on the Forest general. I have enjoyed kayaking on all of the ones I have tried so far.

Beth Engleman on the Webster trail

Beth Englemen, Recreation –trail maintenance

Favorite Place: Webster Lake Trail

Seven miles of trail located eight miles south of Blackduck near the Webster Lake Campground, which is open until mid-October. The area is predominantly balsam fir.


Sunset on Gilstad Fishing Pier

Sandy Miller, Office Automation Assistant, Blackduck Ranger District

Started on the Chippewa: Spring 2019

Favorite Place: Gilstand Fishing Pier. “I love to take my kids fishing there. It is so close to home, but still a fun little afternoon/evening getaway.” 

Paul in a cranberry bog

Mary Nordeen, Public Affairs Specialist 

Started on the Chippewa: 1989

Favorite Place: Cranberry Bog

Autumn is absolutely my favorite month, and while sites like Stony Point campground and Shingobee Hills are my preferred fall color spots, it’s the cranberry bogs on the Chippewa National Forest that have become my favorite places.


Historic photo of the Supervisor's Office

Melissa Rickers, Public Affairs

Started on the Chippewa: 1995

Favorite Place: The historic Forest Supervisor's office and being able to call it my office!


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