Currently, public access to Chippewa National Forest offices is not available, at this time the forest is offering virtual services | LEARN MORE

Due to fire danger and ongoing drought conditions the Forest is restricting the use of a fire or campfire, with the exception of those in Forest Service provided and maintained fire rings, located within specified developed campgrounds. | Full Closure Order

Current Forest product permit process | LEARN MORE



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The Forest is a great spot to work, play and learn! Start Here. Go Wild. Play on the forest. Learn on the Forest.


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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.


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act, signed into law by the President on December 23, 2020, transfers 11,760 acres of public land, currently managed by the Chippewa National Forest, to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Active Timber Sales

Timber sales that the forest is currently accepting bids for.

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Happy Camper

Chippewa Loop at Norway Beach

Camping is a great activity for getting out into nature, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing. 

How many bumble bees can you count?

Bee siting on the side of a flower.

The 3rd Annual Backyard Bumble Bee Count will occur July 23 – August 1, 2021.


Preparing for Pollinators

Woodtick field following a spring 2021 prescribed fire.

Pollinators are an important component of our ecosystems, carrying pollen between the flowers of separate plants to promote seed set and genetic diversity.


Stony Point Campground pavement.

The Stony Point Campground Road Pavement Preservation Project is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2021.

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